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Sinema pushes for streamlined reviews for asylum seekers

Sen. Krysten Sinema joined eight other senators in pressing immigration officials to spin up a pilot program that would streamline the asylum review process, and allow the Trump administration to deport migrant families within 15 days. ... Read more»

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"All we want is for them to listen to us": In Mexico, Trump's latest asylum policy stirs anger, fear and confusion

The Trump administration's new policy aimed at disqualifying most asylum seekers is stirring anger and resentment among migrants who have waited months to present themselves at a port of entry.... Read more»

Pima County seeks to redirect $100K/mo in Stonegarden funds to migrant shelter

Pima County is asking that more than a half-million dollars in Operation Stonegarden money be directed toward humanitarian aid for asylum-seekers. County Sheriff Napier said he backs the shelter, "even if it all came out of overtime."... Read more»2

Pima supervisors to hold special meeting on migrant shelter at juvie center

At a special meeting next Monday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will review and potentially approve converting a vacant portion of the juvenile detention center into a shelter for asylum-seekers released by the federal government.... Read more»

Hundreds march in Tucson as part of nation-wide Lights of Liberty immigration protest

More than 300 assembled Downtown on Friday night as part of Lights for Liberty, a nationwide protest against the treatment of migrants in federal detention facilities and immigration raids planned by the Trump administration. ... Read more»

County migrant shelter 'back on track' after Elias again supports project

Plans to turn an unused section of the Pima juvenile detention center into a shelter for released migrants are back on, 24 hours after heated debate led officials to order a halt to work.... Read more»

County stops work after clash over migrant shelter at vacant Pima juvenile center

Plans to turn an unused section of the juvenile detention center into a Catholic Community Services shelter for hundreds of released migrants have prompted debate, with activists calling the move a "non-starter," and supporters assailing "second-guessing that undermines the work."... Read more»7

As threatened ICE sweeps loom, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups.... Read more»

Pastor claims government targeted her for ministering to immigrants

A Christian pastor claims in a suit filed in federal court in California Monday that the federal government illegally targeted her for administering her faith to refugees and immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»1

Pima County to lease juvenile center for stop-over for asylum-seekers

Asylum seekers freshly released from federal custody may have a new place for respite as Pima County is set to turn over an unused section of the juvenile detention center to Catholic Community Services.... Read more»1

Immigration officials use secretive gang databases to deny asylum claims

With scant public notice, immigration officials are relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether migrants crossing the U.S. border have gang affiliations, which would allow officials to detain and eventually deport them.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory Thursday to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in lower courts if it wants to include the question.... Read more»

Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

The final vote included support from 129 Democrats and 176 Republicans, in what one expert called an “overwhelmingly bipartisan” vote to send emergency funding to the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and others.... Read more»

Denounced as 'broken' years ago, CBP discipline system still not fixed

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.... Read more»

Continuing shakeup at DHS sends ICE leader to CBP, deputy floats back to top

The Trump administration continues to reshuffle leaders at Homeland Security, sending current ICE director Mark Morgan over to Customs and Border Protection, and bringing the agency's deputy director back on deck. ... Read more»

U.S. House passes $4.5B border aid bill amid mounting concern for detained migrant children

As reports of migrant children being held in squalid conditions at federal facilities near the border continue to draw outrage, Democrats successfully pushed a $4.5 billion humanitarian aid package through the U.S. House late Tuesday evening with a vote of 230 to 195.... Read more»

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