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White House denies plan to use Nat'l Guard for immigration enforcement

The White House on Friday said there was no plan to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, after a news report that such a proposal had been under consideration by the Trump administration.... Read more»

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Guide educates families on what to do if ‘picked up by ICE in Arizona’

With President Trump’s new enforcement of deportation orders, and the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos last week, immigrant rights organizations in Arizona are stepping up their educational efforts so families will know what rights they have if a parent is deported.... Read more»

Phoenix council rejects bid to become 'sanctuary city'

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a bid to declare the large southwestern U.S. municipality a "sanctuary city" despite vocal cries to protect undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

More than 680 arrested in nationwide immigration raids

U.S. immigration officers have arrested more than 680 people in recent operations, 75 percent of whom have criminal records, the homeland security chief said on Monday of actions that have alarmed immigrant rights groups.... Read more»

Deported mother temporarily reunited with kids in Mexico

After a whirlwind 48 hours during which she was detained, deported and taken to a migrant shelter in Mexico, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was temporarily reunited with her children.... Read more»

7 arrested at protest over deportation of Mesa woman

Police on Wednesday arrested seven protesters from a group outside a Phoenix immigration center blocking a van carrying a detained woman they saw as an early victim of President Trump's promise to clamp down on illegal immigration. ... Read more»

Trump expected to order border wall work, temporary refugee ban

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include directing the construction of a border wall with Mexico, a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa.... Read more»

As Trump goes into office, Tucson protestors push for 'sanctuary city' declaration

Following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday, around 200 people marked the occasion by marching to Tucson's City Hall, demanding the mayor and City Council declare Tucson a "sanctuary city," which includes issuing municipal IDs for unauthorized immigrants, refusing to work with immigration officials, and setting up a legal fund.... Read more»

Churches promise 'radical welcome' for migrants with revived Sanctuary movement

Leaders from 19 Southern Arizona congregations agreed to defend refugees and unauthorized immigrants from deportation, bucking the Trump administration's apparent plan to immediately deport 2-3 million people. The local faith leaders have joined a larger movement involving more than 700 religious congregations nationwide. ... Read more»

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

Could programs to help undocumented gain driver's licenses backfire?

Advocates fear that programs in a dozen states might be used by a Trump administration to bolster deportations aims. ... Read more»

Legal experts: Trump has broad power to implement immigration policies

Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same executive powers he criticized President Obama for using, but fully implementing them would require funding that Congress would have to approve.... Read more»

DHS review defends using private prisons for detained immigrants

Despite a decision by the Justice Department to reduce the use of privately run detention facilities, a Homeland Security advisory subcommittee said immigration officials should continue to use them, citing costs and the need for flexibility.... Read more»

Will small 'sanctuary cities’ defy a Trump crackdown?

Smaller cities and counties may not be as willing to remain “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants as big cities such as Chicago and New York who have vowed to defy the Trump administration.... Read more»

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