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BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

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Deportation arrests up nearly 40 percent under Trump

As some city and state officials move to calm immigrant fears of deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a 38 percent increase in immigration arrests under the agency’s new deportation policies. ... Read more»

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»

ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»

Detained immigrants often hundreds of miles from legal help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. ... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

Ex-head of anti-immigration group named ombudsman at U.S. immigration agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance. ... Read more»

Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities. ... 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»

Coalition calls for release of Mexican journalist seeking asylum in U.S.

As attacks against reporters in Mexico increase, a coalition of immigration lawyers and organizations that defend journalists is calling for the release of a Mexican reporter detained at the border after asking for political asylum in the United States.... Read more»

U.S. immigration agency will lose millions because it can't process visas fast enough

Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow. ... Read more»

Homeland Security announces steps against H1B visa fraud

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program. ... Read more»

'Sanctuary cities' weigh response to Trump's threat to curb funding

Officials from so-called sanctuary cities met in New York on Tuesday to discuss their response to threats from the Trump administration to cut off some funding to cities and states that fail to assist federal authorities in arresting illegal immigrants.... Read more»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

Immigration advocates rally in Washington, vow to take fight back home

Immigration advocates from Arizona joined others from across the country at a rally outside the Customs and Border Protection office in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, part of a three-day summit aimed at organizing grass-roots resistance to Trump administration policies.... Read more»

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