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Gov't shutdown cancels nearly 43,000 immigration hearings, including 1K in Arizona

Nearly 43,000 immigration hearings cancelled because of the government shutdown will mean a years-long "avalanche" that will clog courts for years, a federal immigration judge said.... Read more»

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What’s it like for an immigrant child to glimpse the American dream, just before it's taken away?

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy separated kids and parents, putting the children in foster care, where many of them got a taste of a life much better than the one they left. What happens when they land back home?... Read more»

Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

Tucson motel shelters Central American migrants after release by ICE

While cold rain fell Thursday night, around 130 people from Central America took shelter at a Tucson motel after federal immigration officials asked local community groups to take them in, rather than have them released on the street. ... Read more»

DHS: Asylum seekers will be returned to Mexico as cases reviewed

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Thursday that people who seek asylum in the United States may be returned to Mexico for "the duration of their immigration proceedings." ... Read more»

New guidelines require CBP to report deaths in custody

Following criticism that officials did not disclose the Dec. 8 death of a 7-year-old girl held in Border Patrol custody, CBP announced new guidelines on how the agency will quickly disclose deaths.... Read more»

Federal watchdog will investigate 7-year-old's death BP custody in New Mexico

A federal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, who died on Dec. 8, reportedly of dehydration and septic shock, after she was taken into Border Patrol custody along with her father and 160 others in a remote part of southern New Mexico. ... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

Border clashes in Tijuana have immigration advocates mobilized

Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers.... Read more»

White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.”... Read more»

Judge: Trump's asylum ban 'irreconcilably conflicts' with federal law

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress."... Read more»

Border advocates to lame-duck Congress: No new laws, funding

Advocates from Southwest border communities on Thursday called on Congress to resist the urge to ram through border laws in the coming lame-duck session before the newly elected, more Democratic, Congress is sworn in next year. ... Read more»

Rocks vs. rifles: Trump backs off suggestion that soldiers fire on migrants

Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm.... Read more»

Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help.... Read more»

McSally, immigration agency directors decry 'loopholes' in asylum law

Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home.... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

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