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Immigrants wary as DHS ends Nicaraguan protection, extends Hondurans

Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement this week.... Read more»

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As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»

Trump administration will end refugee program for children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.... Read more»

Exclusive: Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump win

The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States. ... Read more»

CBP chopper crew rescues Guatemalan man near Three Points

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted a 19-year-old Guatemalan man with a broken ankle from a mountainside near Three Points, about 20 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

Former 'border czar' gives real facts about immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America. ... Read more»

U.S.-funded programs try to convince Central Americans to stay home

In a tiny classroom in a small hamlet in the murder capital of the world, the U.S. government is testing the theory — one child at a time — that helping young Central Americans at home might convince them to stay put rather than joining the flood of migrants fleeing for the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

India largest source of new unauthorized immigrants in U.S.

Over the last five years, the population of unauthorized immigrants from India grew 43 percent, the largest increase among all immigrants. A demographic shift has come as the number of Mexicans without authorization has declined significantly. Canadians are the second-largest group of illegal aliens in Arizona.... Read more»1

Reuters exclusive

U.S. planning new wave of immigration deportation raids

U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally. The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration this year.... Read more»

Dramatic January drop in kids, families picked up at border

The number of unaccompanied minors and parents with children apprehended at the border declined dramatically from December to January, even as the administration takes hits from activists and Democrats over immigration raids conducted after the New Year. ... Read more»

Analysis

Ensuring due process protections for Central American refugees

Opinion: All asylum seekers must be informed of their rights, have access to counsel, and not be rushed to deportation before making their full case for protection.... Read more»

Shattered victims of 'La Bestia' seek help for desperate countrymen

In the Honduran town of El Progreso, 53 men and women belong to an exclusive but undesirable club: the Association of Migrants Returned with Disabilities. Each attempted to reach the U.S. by riding freight trains across Mexico, and each suffered debilitating injuries. It’s a measure of their desperation to find work in America.... Read more»

Advocates perplexed by U.S. response to Central American migrants

Refugee advocates said on Thursday the Obama administration is sending mixed signals to Central American migrants by deporting families who have fled to the United States while increasing resources in the crime-ridden region for asylum seekers.... Read more»

Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families.... Read more»

Young migrants who arrive at the border alone struggle in U.S.

Immigrant youth who arrive at the border alone and have no family to take care of them in the U.S. often struggle to build a life. They are sent to foster homes or special shelters. Those who are about to turn 18 are sent to detention centers. Those who are released often have no place to go.... Read more»

For detained immigrants on hunger strikes, results aren't guaranteed

How effective are hunger strikes by immigration detainees? Recent evidence seems to suggest they work for some groups but make matters worse for others. The outcome depends on several factors, including size and scope, how frequent they are and now much information the public can or will absorb about what's going on behind closed doors.... Read more»

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