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Researchers blocked from aiding Salvadoran teen at border until GOP rep. weighs in

University of Texas researchers say a high-ranking U.S. border official refused them entry and sent them back to Piedras Negras, Mexico — straight into the arms of Mexican authorities who threatened to arrest them on smuggling charges.... Read more»

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Inspector paints rosy picture of immigration detention - in contrast to audits

For the past year, the tiny company employed by the federal government to inspect U.S. immigration detention centers has painted a rosy picture of life in captivity. But those bland assessments stand in stark contrast to recent findings.... Read more»1

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shift Pentagon funds to border wall

In a 5-4 decision issued Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lower court's move to block the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion siphoned from Defense Department funding to build border barriers in Arizona, California and New Mexico.... Read more»

"All we want is for them to listen to us": In Mexico, Trump's latest asylum policy stirs anger, fear and confusion

The Trump administration's new policy aimed at disqualifying most asylum seekers is stirring anger and resentment among migrants who have waited months to present themselves at a port of entry.... Read more»

Most migrants won’t qualify for U.S. asylum under new Trump policy

The policy, slated to take effect Tuesday, would also apply to unaccompanied children. The American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge the policy in court.... Read more»

Appeals court blocks Trump from building border wall with defense funds

A federal appeals court ruled against the Trump administration Wednesday, rejecting an attempt to use $8.1 billion siphoned from the Defense Department to construct several border wall projects, including one near Yuma that was scheduled to begin in March. ... Read more»

'Sanctuary city' initiative heading to Tucson voters as backers submit petitions

After months of work, organizers for an initiative to make Tucson a "sanctuary city," said Wednesday that they submitted some 17,000 signatures, nearly double the number they need to get the initiative on November's ballot. ... Read more»5

Trump says he'll quickly deport 'millions'; Arizona pols react

President Donald Trump’s pledge to have federal authorities remove millions of undocumented immigrants from the country beginning next week set off a flurry of warnings from immigration advocates to prepare families for possible deportation. ... Read more»

More than 200 allegations of migrant abuse, 1 case of DHS discipline

From 2009 to 2014, at least 214 complaints were filed against federal agents for abusing or mistreating migrant children. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, only one employee was disciplined as a result of a complaint.... Read more»

Arizona justices find cannabis extracts legal for medical pot patients

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state law protects the manufacture and use of cannabis concentrates, not just the plant itself. ... Read more»

Supreme Court will review Texas cross-border shooting; Nogales case hangs in balance

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump from building border wall with emergency funds, including section in Yuma

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from constructing two border wall projects using up to $8.1 billion in money siphoned from the Defense Department, including a project near Yuma that was scheduled to begin construction this weekend. ... Read more»

Arizona DA accused of stonewalling records request

In more than six months since receiving a request for thousands of documents, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has provided just a single list of employees – a clear violation of the Arizona Public Records Law, the American Civil Liberties Union and a freelance journalist say in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.... Read more»

Huckelberry: County plans to seek Stonegarden funding to care for asylum-seekers

Two weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. ... Read more»

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to rule families can't sue in cross-border shooting cases

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the families of two boys shot and killed in cross-border shootings — including one in Nogales — by U.S. Border Patrol agents should not be able to sue in U.S. courts. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico during case review

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

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