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Arizona is not Nebraska for immigration reform

In Arizona, so far an estimated 10,300 young immigrants have received driver’s licenses since the judge lifted the governor’s ban – even though nearly 10 times that many DREAMers have received federal work permits in Arizona. Fear is a great fertilizer – if not for corn, certainly for inertia.... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol should double investigators, limit use of deadly force

A federal oversight panel charged with reviewing how Customs and Border Protection handles deadly force cases recommends the agency more than double the number of investigators to review abuses and corruption. ... Read more»

Feds set new policies for LGBT detainees

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will implement new guidelines designed to better protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities, the agency announced Monday.... Read more»

Advocates call for release of some LGBT asylum-seekers

A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants. ... Read more»

Grijalva: Family detention must stop

Following a visit to two detention centers for immigrant families in south Texas early this week, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said the practice of holding women and children in detention while they seek asylum must "stop without exception." ... Read more»2

Feds to curtail use of family detention centers

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that families that enter the country illegally to seek asylum will no longer be detained after they’ve established a legitimate claim for relief. ... Read more»

Appeals court upholds use of GPS evidence in border arrest trial

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a Google Earth map generated from GPS coordinates of an arrest was not hearsay and could be admitted in the trial of a man accused of entering the country illegally.... Read more»

BP agents find five immigrants in hot car trunks in five hours Wednesday

Border Patrol agents found five Mexican nationals in the hot trunks of cars over five hours in three separate alleged smuggling incidents Wednesday at southern Arizona checkpoints, the agency said. ... Read more»

Medical examiner: Eloy immigration detainee committed suicide

An immigrant who died in custody at the Eloy Detention Center last month committed suicide, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner. ... Read more»1

Grijalva: Investigate migrant deaths at Eloy Detention Center

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is calling on the Justice Department to investigate reports of two deaths of migrant men held in Arizona. "Eloy Detention Center is in the business of detaining people for profit, but that does not exempt them from upholding the law," he said. "The fact that some this information is seeping out of the seams, as opposed to being reported and addressed outright, only furthers the concerns."... Read more»1

Obama wants to give $1 billion to scandal wracked Central American gov'ts

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are in a crucial phase of lobbying for new U.S. funds to help them break cycles of poverty and violence, and stem migration. But the presidents of both Honduras and Guatemala have recently come under fire for alleged corruption.... Read more»

More than 200 hunger strike at Eloy immigration detention center

More than 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike Saturday morning, demanding an end to "brutal and inhumane conditions" and independent investigations into the death of at least one detainee at the Eloy Detention Center, 50 miles north of Tucson. ... Read more»6

Analysis

Top 10 facts you need to know about immigrants today

This June marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, when Americans celebrate their immigrant roots and tell their families’ stories of sacrifice and contribution. Woven together, these stories form the backbone of the United States. To mark the month, here are 10 things you need to know about immigrants today:... Read more»

Border crossings down, Texas buildup forges ahead

The surge of unaccompanied children and families illegally crossing the border that flooded into Texas last year has dropped off dramatically, but Texas lawmakers say the numbers are still high enough to justify the hundreds of millions of dollars they are planning to spend on beefing up the state's border presence.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

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