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Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

Grijalva & Gallego host kids of deported mom to send message to Trump

Angel and Jacqueline Garcia de Rayos could have spent Tuesday celebrating their mother’s 36th birthday, but the Mesa teens spent it in Washington instead to protest her deportation. The teens were invited by Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego to attend the first speech to Congress by President Trump – the man they blame for taking their mother away from them.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

President Donald Trump delivered an hour-long speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands.... Read more»

Legal aid, advice available for immigrants, but ‘notario’ fraud also prevalent

President Donald Trump’s election and immigration executive orders have led to an increase in the number of immigrants seeking legal advice and assistance in Arizona, and local law organizations are responding to this influx by supplying pro bono and low-cost legal help to community outreach groups.... Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney says new DHS policies won't change local immigration enforcement tactics

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memo released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers handle immigration in the near future.... Read more»

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

Az ranchers want border wall, worry about more BP agents on their land

While he welcomes a taller border fence, Bisbee-area rancher John Ladd says Border Patrol agents "no respect for land" as they leave open gates and tear up his 16,000-acre property south of Bisbee.... Read more»1

Democrats leave ICE meeting convinced arrests a taste of what’s to come

Democratic leaders left a meeting with immigration officials Thursday convinced that recent apprehensions, detentions and deportations have greatly expanded under President Donald Trump, and said they were told to “expect more arrests.”... Read more»

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»

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»

Former 'border czar' gives real facts about immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America. ... 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»

Arizona police might not enforce Trump’s immigration orders

Arizona law enforcement mostly say they won’t participate in widespread immigration raids that target long-term undocumented immigrants no matter what President Trump’s new executive order says. Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales police, and Yuma, Santa Cruz and Maricopa sheriffs say officers will not target those who have no violent felony offenses.... Read more»

Appeals court rejects Trump's appeal over travel ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate President Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., rejecting claims that courts could not review Trump's orders. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the measure last week.... Read more»

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