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Mexicans aren’t about to pay for Trump’s wall

The billionaire Republican frontrunner has no way of forcing Mexico to foot the bill for increased border security — and zero political capital south of the Rio Grande.... Read more»

SF shooting, federal policy put pressure on 'sanctuary cities'

Two things happened July 1 to pressure hundreds of cities and counties to rethink their policies limiting cooperation with federal deportation requests. One was the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, allegedly killed on a San Francisco pier by a Mexican immigrant with seven felony convictions. The second was the rollout of a new federal policy asking local police to only detain immigrants for deportation if they are convicted of serious crimes. ... Read more»

Feds: Releasing families will lead to more illegal migration

The immediate release of immigrant families from detention facilities could cause another massive wave of illegal migration like the one Texas witnessed last summer, the Obama administration argued in a court filing late Thursday. ... Read more»

FactChecking the GOP debate, early edition

The Republican presidential candidates who failed to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time debate repeated a number of past false and misleading claims, while adding some new ones that we hadn’t heard before.... Read more»

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Arizona's drivers license denials invite questions of racism

“Does it come down to racism?” That is a question Latino groups and others have asked in relation to Arizona’s obsession in trying to deny driver’s licenses to legally eligible undocumented immigrants. Only this time, the pointed question was coming from a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.... Read more»1

Former GOP Sedona lawmaker running for CD 1 as a Dem

A former Republican legislator from Sedona wants to go to Congress, representing Arizona's sprawling CD 1 as a Democrat. Tom O'Halleran, a retired Chicago cop and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, announced his candidacy Tuesday. ... Read more»4

FactCheck: Graham wrong on 9/11 visas, again

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is running for president, incorrectly claimed that “all the hijackers who attacked — attacked us on 9/11 were visa overstays.” Two of the 19 hijackers were in the U.S. on expired visas.... Read more»

Detained immigrant families face uncertainty

More than 2,000 undocumented women and children being held in "deplorable" conditions at federal immigration detention centers are supposed to be released under a recent federal judge's order. But how long that takes and what happens to them next remains unclear, attorneys say. ... Read more»

U.S. House bars funding for 'sanctuary' cities for immigrants

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to deny funding to cities that do not report undocumented immigrants to federal authorities, setting off outcry from the White House and immigration advocates.... Read more»1

Trump visits border in Texas after BP union backs out

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump landed on time in South Texas on Thursday, even though a Border Patrol union here backed out of hosting him.... Read more»1

Slain Mesa clerk’s uncle urges Senate to crack down on immigrant custody

Michael Ronnebeck was back in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to crack down on repeat offenders in the immigrant population in order to prevent another killing like that of his nephew.... Read more»

Judge sets contempt hearings in Arpaio racial profiling case

A judge on Monday rejected a bid to put on hold a racial profiling case against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, and scheduled hearings in September on civil contempt charges against him.... Read more»

12 Operation Streamline protesters sentenced to time served

Twelve immigration activists were sentenced Monday to time served for their role in a 2013 Tucson protest that stopped two buses carrying migrants destined for federal prosecution under the fast-track Operation Streamline. ... Read more»1

Study: Illegal immigration from Mexico still declining

Changing migration patterns and shifts in border enforcement mean the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants continues to decline in the United States. While net migration of Mexican immigrants reached zero in 2010, since then more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have arrived.... Read more»

Court orders new hearing in asset seizures from human-smuggling probe

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for two people who claim Arizona prosecutors unconstitutionally seized money transfers from them as part of an investigation into human smuggling.... Read more»

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