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Advocates, DHS officials caution that DACA future still up in the air

Buried in a Homeland Security memo last week twas a single line saying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “will remain in effect,” raising hope among the 800,000 recipients. But DHS officials said this week that eliminating DACA is still a very real possibility. ... Read more»

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Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»

Advocates leery of plan to hire more immigration judges, prosecutors

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors.... Read more»

Trump bars refugees to U.S. for 120 days, blocks Syrians indefinitely

Jamal Saleh fled violence and police brutality in his native Syria in 2013, resettling in Phoenix with his wife and seven children, but leaving his farm, his beloved hometown, his brother and his sisters back in Syria. Which is where they may stay, after President Trump signed an order to block refugees from entering the U.S.... Read more»

Trump may match Obama on deportations, but would radically shift focus

Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama.... Read more»

Arizonans among those arrested at White House immigration rally

Herminia Gallego and Gerardo Torres have seen so many friends and family arrested on immigration charges that the Arizona residents decided it was time to take action – by getting arrested themselves. They were among the 32 protesters arrested Monday outside the White House at a rally urging President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations of all immigrants.... Read more»

Arizonans arrested for cuffing themselves to White House fence in protest

Three Arizonans were among seven undocumented immigrants who handcuffed themselves to the White House fence and were arrested Wednesday as part of a protest against continued deportations.... Read more»

Immigration group twists Ryan’s words

A group that opposes the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill wrongly claims the Rep. Paul Ryan said “we have a labor shortage in Wisconsin.” Ryan, who supports an immigration overhaul, didn’t say there was a shortage now. Instead, he said there would be labor shortages in the future “when the baby boomers are fully retired.”... Read more»1

Concerns raised on immigration bill and asylum seekers

Christian Chaidez, 30, fled to the U.S. from Mexico in 2011. He and his mother are two of the last of their family members standing. Ten of their relatives, small-business owners including Chaidez's father and grandmother, were murdered for refusing to pay extortion to gangs during the height of Juarez's brutal drug war.... Read more»

Advocates say path to citizenship is path to brighter economy for all

Immigration advocates released a study of Latino banking habits Tuesday that they said supports the case for a pathway to citizenship, which they said in turn opens the door to greater economic prosperity for all.... Read more»1

Report: Immigrants increasing economic strength

Since the 2010 U.S. census, the number of naturalized citizens has increased substantially in Texas, and the state's immigrants account for significant purchasing power and economic output, according to an analysis by a Washington-based think tank urging immigration reform.... Read more»5

Researchers: Immigration reform should focus on families, less on security

The Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill is a step in the right direction, but it puts too much emphasis on border security and not enough on helping families stay together, a group of researchers said Thursday. ... Read more»

Immigration bill would triple border-crossing prosecutions in Tucson

The comprehensive immigration reform bill unveiled in the Senate this week includes language calling for a tripling of the number of border-crossing prosecutions in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson sector.... Read more»

UA report: Immigration policies should focus on family unity

The nation’s current immigration policy is breaking up families and not deterring repeat border crossers, according to a University of Arizona study, which called for those factors to be addressed in any immigration reform.... Read more»

Number of deferred action applications on the decline

After peaking in September, applications for deferred action have dropped off dramatically. Immigration attorneys think most eligible undocumented immigrants are in a wait-and-see mode amid the federal immigration reform debate.... Read more»

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