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Homeland Security: Apprehensions up, deportations down in 2014

Apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol agents nationwide are up 15 percent compared to last year, mainly due to the influx of unaccompanied children and family units in south Texas this summer. However, the number of undocumented immigrants deported by Homeland Security dropped 5 percent. ... Read more»

Pinal sheriff ordered to pay settlement over SB 1070 arrest

A federal judge has ordered the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to pay $25,001 for improperly using the state's controversial immigration law, SB 1070, to detain an Eloy woman and then transport her to Border Patrol custody. ... Read more»10

Arizona must issue driver's licenses to Dreamers

A federal judge has ordered the state to begin issuing driver's licenses to young immigrants, known as Dreamers, starting next Monday.... Read more»

Seven criminals arrested by BP face deportation

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested seven men previously convicted of serious crimes, including three men convicted of sex with a minor, and two members of a violent gang, authorities said. ... Read more»

Supreme Court refuses to block driver's licenses for Dreamers

In a brief judgement, Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to block a stay by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that requires Arizona to give young immigrants driver's licenses. ... Read more»

Brewer appeals to Supreme Court over licenses for Dreamers

Gov. Jan. Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a legal process that is set to result in driver's licenses being issued to people who have been granted deferred action from deportation by the federal government.... Read more»2

Doctors' testimony crucial as border kids seek asylum

Asylum cases are among the most difficult immigration status cases to win and a doctor’s testimony can help sway the decision. Such medical-legal partnerships have cropped up in New York and California, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have settled with their families or friends who were already in the U.S.... Read more»

FactCheck: Does Obamacare give incentive to hire immigrants?

Did Obama’s executive actions on immigration include a $3,000 bonus to employers for each immigrant they hire instead of U.S. citizens? The answer is: Not exactly. FactCheck explains.... Read more»

El Paso ID program aims to aid undocumented

A standardized ID would afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to city services, and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.... Read more»

Report: Migrants often deported without cash, IDs or belongings

The activist group No More Deaths says that detained migrants lose their possessions as they are shuffled from agency to agency. Routinely, officials failed to return money or belongings, cash was returned in checks or debit cards impossible to use outside of the United States, or agents kept the money, a study says.... Read more»

Az Dreamers one step closer to driver's licenses

The 9th Circuit Court refused Gov. Jan Brewer's request to delay a ruling that struck down Arizona's bar on issuing driver's licenses to young immigrants who have been granted deferred action status. The latest move by the courts means those "Dreamers" will likely be eligible for licenses in a week.... Read more»

A year later, Arivaca checkpoint remains

Group of Arivaca residents hold 24-hour vigil and observation to mark a year of protests against a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, east of I-19.... Read more»8

Advocates blast lawsuit by Az, other states over Obama immigration plan

Legal experts on Friday dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought this week against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The suit claims that deferred deportation of illegal immigrants and other initiatives“ amount to a unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws.” But a top immigration lawyer derided the suit as “a factually challenged press release." ... Read more»2

Arivaca residents plan 24-hour vigil at BP checkpoint

Residents of Arivaca, south of Tucson, plan to launch 24-hour vigil and observation effort at 10 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, just west of Interstate 19. Activists have argued that the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, is the site of civil rights violations, including unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling and excessive use of force.... Read more»2

FactCheck

Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»2

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