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More eligible in Arizona after deferred action expansion

The Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is changing Feb. 18 to make people of more ages eligible and to shorten the length of time a person needs to have been in the U.S. to apply. Experts say that will mean more in Arizona applying for DACA. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

Six months later, undocumented woman still waits in sanctuary

Rosa Robles Loreto has waited for six months for immigration officials to offer a stay of deportation order, living in sanctuary in a Tucson church. She has been anchored to a small room on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church, spending her days and nights there because the church is a safe harbor.... Read more»

FactCheck

Factchecking false narratives on the measles outbreak

Rep. Mo Brooks and potential presidential hopeful Ben Carson both suggested a connection between illegal immigration and the spread of diseases such as measles in the United States. ... Read more»

Babeu tells House panel there’s ‘no law’ on immigration under Obama

The charged hearing on immigration enforcement came as Congress grappled with Department of Homeland Security funding, which ends this month. A House bill to fund the agency without money for the president's immigration actions is stalled in the Senate. ... Read more»7

Obama recruits Texans to help sell immigration plan

Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy. ... Read more»

Texas lawmakers want to expand worker screening

Just before leaving office, Rick Perry ordered state agencies to start using E-Verify, the federal employment verification system, to make sure job applicants can legally work. But some lawmakers say that mandate isn't enough.... Read more»

FactChecking Santorum: All U.S. jobs did not go to immigrants

Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the “6 million net new jobs created in America” since 2000, “all of them” are held by immigrants. That’s not accurate. ... Read more»3

Kickstarter deadline for Panorama: Photos of the entire Az-Mexico border

Just in: Help us hit triple our goal before Saturday's deadline! Support TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea," an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them. Contribute on Kickstarter before time runs out.... Read more»

Deferred action applications open next month

The federal government will begin accepting applications next month under the expanded rules for the deferred action from deportation program, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

Bill before Congress would give entrepreneurs citizenship opportunity

A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years.... Read more»

Texas Dems set to play defense on immigration

After hitting immigration issues hard during their campaigns, Texas Republicans including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are on the hook to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students. Its survival may come down to the business lobby, and wily House Democrats. ... Read more»

Facing criticism, House delays border security bill

The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it "extremist," while others said it was "timid" and "enforcement theater." ... Read more»2

Homeland Security chief bashes McSally-backed border bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sharply criticized a border security bill headed for a House floor vote next week, calling the legislation "extreme to the point of being unworkable." The measure includes an amendment pushed by Rep. Martha McSally that would require the Border Patrol to deploy closer to the U.S.-Mexico line.... Read more»6

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