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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

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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»

Az DACA recipients claim win after SCOTUS denies appeal on driver’s licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.”... Read more»

Az lawmaker & DACA recipient arrested at DC immigration protest

Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were among dozens of marchers arrested Monday in Washington during a protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

Undocumented father of 5 who sought sanctuary at Phx church granted stay

Federal authorities have granted Jesus Berrones, an undocumented father of five whose story has garnered international attention, a one-year stay on humanitarian grounds.... Read more»

DACA advocates push for action as clock ticks down on budget deal

As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill.... Read more»

McSally's DACA bill slashes new immigration, doubles down on border security

While thousands of people face the expiration of work permits and protection from deportation under DACA, Rep. Martha McSally and other Republicans submitted a bill that would reintroduce the temporary permit system while clamping down on legal and illegal immigration alike. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

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