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Homeland Security delays accepting DACA applications

The day before federal officials were scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action under President Obama's executive actions, a Monday decision by a federal judge has halted the program. The secretary of Homeland Security announced that his agency had to comply with the eleventh-hour order and suspend the program until further notice. ... Read more»

Attorneys, feds mull options after immigration ruling

Immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action.... Read more»

Latin stereotypes prevalent in film, TV. Will Disney’s new princess be another?

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture.... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

BP agents find $1.3M in marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents discovered more than $1.3 million in marijuana hidden in two trucks near Gila Bend last Saturday. ... Read more»

Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.... Read more»

States brace for flood of deportation-relief requests

Millions of undocumented immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration changes planned for this spring. A new report profiles 94 areas in 24 states with the most concentrated undocumented immigrant communities. ... Read more»

Factcheck: Overstating impact of funding stalemate on Homeland Security

Some Democrats overstated the potential impacts of a congressional stalemate that threatens to leave the Department of Homeland Security without funding after Feb. 27, raising the possibility that FEMA and Coast Guard employees would be furloughed.... Read more»

Man arrested attempting to smuggle ammo to Mexico

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 300 rounds of ammunition shoved in his waistband and taped to this thighs just before he crossed into Mexico at the Port of Douglas on Tuesday. ... Read more»

ACLU sues Border Patrol for records covering alleged abuse of migrant children

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday for failing to produce records relating to allegations that migrant children were abused and mistreatment while held by Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed in June 2014 that 116 unaccompanied children reported abuse and neglect while in Border Patrol custody last year. ... Read more»

Texas DPS chief: Border surge wears on officers, resources

The multi-million dollar influx of Texas state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee on Wednesday.... Read more»

Texas lt. gov wants $12M to keep Guard on border

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that drug cartels are ramping up efforts as the Texas National Guard is preparing to leave the Rio Grande Valley next month. He's hoping to extend the Guard's presence in the region.... Read more»

BP to pay $500k to Mexican man shot in the back

Jesus Castro Romo, a Mexican national who was shot in the back by Abel Canales, a Border Patrol agent during an incident in 2010, will be paid nearly half a million dollars because of his lingering injuries, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

More eligible in Arizona after deferred action expansion

The Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is changing Feb. 18 to make people of more ages eligible and to shorten the length of time a person needs to have been in the U.S. to apply. Experts say that will mean more in Arizona applying for DACA. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

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