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History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

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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»

Democrats push Dream Act through House, outlook in Senate less certain

The House voted mostly on party lines Tuesday to approve a bill that would protect "Dreamers" from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship, a bill Republicans charged would only lead to more illegal immigration.... Read more»

City atty: 'Sanctuary city' initiative may violate SB1070

As organizers circulate petitions to make Tucson a “sanctuary city," City Attorney Mike Rankin wrote that parts of the initiative are in “direct conflict “with Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, and would limit coordination with all federal law enforcement.... Read more»1

The most important border stories of 2018

15 stories of major issues along the border in 2018: the trial of Lonnie Swartz, family separations under the Trump administration, the treatment of detainees in border facilities, and an exclusive memo that showed CBP downplaying the exodus of migrants from Central America.... Read more»

Activist faces deportation after asylum claim rejected by Tucson judge

A federal immigration judge ordered the deportation of well-known immigration and reproductive rights activist Alejandra Pablos after rejecting her asylum claim during a Tuesday hearing in Tucson. ... Read more»

Court – again – puts brakes on administration plan to overturn DACA

A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a Trump administration request to move forward with its plan to end the Obama-era DACA program, saying the deferred deportation plan should stay in effect while legal challenges are pursued.... Read more»

Update: Melania Trump meets with Border Patrol in Tucson, doesn't tour shelter

First lady Melania Trump spent about 90 minutes visiting a Border Patrol station on a Tucson military base Thursday morning, listening to law enforcement officials speak about border security.... Read more»1

Puente Arizona speaks out against separation of families at border

Demonstrators in Phoenix decried the Trump administration's new policy of separating more migrant children from their families.... Read more»

Trump blames own border policy on Democrats

“We have to break up families,” Trump claimed, because of “bad laws that the Democrats gave us.” But there is no such law. ... Read more»

Sentinel reporting wins Arizona Press Club awards

TucsonSentinel.com's coverage of border and immigration issues and watchdog reporting on local elections won several awards from the Arizona Press Club, with recognition for Paul Ingram, Joe Watson and Dylan Smith.... Read more»

After Trump took office, ICE transfers jumped 60 percent in most populous Texas county

Even before last year's protests, lawmaker scuffles and marathon committee hearings over "sanctuary" legislation, Texas counties were some of the most compliant when it came to immigration enforcement, a new study shows.... Read more»

Who polices the immigration police?

Claims of unjust arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and cops often disappear into an overwhelmed immigration court system.... Read more»1

Texas and 6 other states sue to end DACA

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing to fight an Obama-era immigration measure that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants nationwide from deportation.... Read more»

Supreme Court voids law allowing deportation in ‘crimes of violence’

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as a “promising step forward.”... Read more»

Trump declares DACA deal dead, blames Democrats for failure

President Trump declared “DACA is dead” in a series of tweets over the weekend, blaming Democrats for the failure to find a replacement for the deferred deportation program that he said last fall he would rescind.... Read more»

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