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Vigil near Texas migrant shelter sparks concerns

Immigrant rights groups began a three-day vigil in McAllen, Texas on Thursday in support of the thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented Central American children in Texas detention centers.

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GOP's Jones on border: Troops, sensors, fences needed

Joined by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, GOP candidate for governor Christine Jones promoted her border security plan Thursday night in Tucson. Her proposal includes deploying 1,200 Arizona National Guard troops along the border, an infusion of surveillance technology including ground-based sensors, and building more border fencing.... Read more»1

Kozachik criticizes Guatemalan consulate over migrant crisis

City Councilman Steve Kozachik is criticizing the Guatemalan consulate for eliminating, if temporarily, the position of point person to meet the hundreds of migrants from that nation passing through Tucson’s Greyhound bus terminal.... Read more»

Obama, Texas gov discuss solutions to immigration crisis

During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama urged Gov. Rick Perry to support his call for more funds for border resources. Perry urged the president to address policies he says have made Texas a magnet for illegal activity.... Read more»

Lack of legal help for migrant kids prompts ACLU suit

Immigration and civil rights groups have filed a class action suit against the federal government for failing to provide legal representation for minors during immigration hearings.... Read more»1

Texas Dems say GOP stalling aided immigrant influx

Texas border Democrats are pushing back against Republicans who have said that current White House policies are responsible for the swell of Central American migrants breaching the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Jones, Babeu to hold border security town hall

Christine Jones, a candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will hold a border security town hall in Tucson on Thursday night.... Read more»

Pot smugglers lose load driving around checkpoint

Border Patrol agents seized a pickup truck loaded with 1,216 pounds of marijuana worth about $608,000 after the driver bypassed the Arivaca checkpoint two weeks ago, the agency said.... Read more»

City Council asks Obama, Congress to halt deportations

After a raucous call to the audience, the Tucson City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to urge President Obama to use administrative action to stop the deportation of immigrants without serious criminal histories.... Read more»1

Emergency border funding request also asks for firefighting funds

The president’s request for $3.7 billion to stem the tide of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border included a request for $615 million to fight wildfires. Advocates say the firefighting money is needed, but some critics questioned its inclusion in the border request.... Read more»

White House: $3.7 billion needed for border security surge

The White House has requested an emergency supplement of $3.7 billion to support a “sustained border security surge” in response to a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this summer.... Read more»

Analysis

Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

Texas Gov. Perry and Obama will meet to discuss border crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the continuing crisis on the border, an aide to the governor confirmed Tuesday.... Read more»

Mexico's cartel-fighting vigilantes get closer to Texas border

Armed residents are taking on the feared Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas state. One desperate town’s mayor applauds them. The vigilantes are rising after the Mexican government failed to stop the country from becoming a world kidnap capital, with more than 1,600 reported abductions in 2013. There have been more than 70,000 cartel-related killings since 2006.... Read more»

Comic:

Jan Brewer's dream car

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to those with deferred action immigration status. This is essentially Gov. Jan Brewer’s worst nightmare: young, educated Latinos with the same rights and protections under the law as other human beings.... Read more»

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