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Uncovering a $1 billion deal to detain unauthorized immigrants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would phase out its use of private prisons. While significant, the move will not put an end to the booming immigrant detention industry. Private prison companies will continue to receive millions in government contracts to detain unauthorized immigrants.... Read more»

FactCheck: Twisting Clinton’s immigration plan

Donald Trump’s new TV ad on immigration creates a misleading comparison, saying that under Hillary Clinton, “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” but under Trump, “terrorists and dangerous criminals” are “kept out.”... Read more»

Federal judge seeks criminal contempt charges against Arpaio

A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial lawman had violated court orders stemming from a racial profiling case. ... Read more»

Az facilities not affected as Justice Dep't looks to end private prison contracts

The Justice Department will begin shifting away from using private prisons following a report by government auditors sharply critical of the practice. While Arizona is home to more than a dozen private prisons that contract with the state and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, none will be affected by the move, announced Thursday. ... Read more»

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

Human smuggler gets 11 years for crash that killed 80-year-old woman

William Ken Huebbe, 31, was sentenced in federal court on Monday for illegally transporting two Mexican men into the United States. During the smuggling attempt, Huebbe panicked when he saw a Border Patrol vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed, swerving into oncoming traffic and slamming into a white station wagon, killing an 80-year old woman from Three Points. ... Read more»

Court ruling leaves undocumented immigrants' health care in limbo

Erica Torres is one of the estimated 1.4 million Californians who live without health insurance largely because they are undocumented. She was hopeful when President Obama expanded deportation-relief programs for immigrants — a controversial move that would have put government-subsidized health care within her reach.... Read more»

Watchdog agency 'spot' inspecting ICE, BP facilities

Homeland Security's Inspector General said that since March, investigators have reviewed 57 different facilities run by CBP and three facilities used to detain families maintained by ICE, following criticism from immigrant rights groups and complaints received through a hotline service. ... Read more»

Undocumented immigrants given roles at Democratic convention

The Democratic Party has selected a handful of undocumented immigrants for official roles at next week's Democratic National Convention, in a bid to highlight the gaping policy divide on immigration between White House hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Arizonans join anti-wall protest at generally quiet GOP convention

For members of Puente Arizona , the border wall promised by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is disturbing enough that they were willing to drive from Arizona to Cleveland to be part of a protest against it.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents rescue 15 men from open-pit mine

Agents with the Border Patrol's search and rescue team used ropes to help extricate 15 men from an open-pit mine near Green Valley on Tuesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Obama administration asks Supreme Court for new DACA hearing

The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear a lawsuit between the federal government and 26 states, including Texas and Arizona, over two programs intended to protect thousands of immigrants from deportation. ... Read more»

Economic concerns rise to the top in borderlands poll

Yuma has one of the highest unemployment rates along the U.S.-Mexico border — or anywhere in the county — and the top concerns of residents are jobs and the economy rather than a wall or illegal immigration, according to a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News poll.... Read more»

Operation Streamline

Advocates: Fast-track immigration courts costly, ineffective

Advocates said that the fast-rack immigration proceeding known as Operation Streamline has failed to deter illegal immigration into the U.S. while creating a "human rights" disaster that fuels a private-prison industry. ... Read more»

Gosar: Ban DREAMers in military; Grijalva: Bring deported vets back

Rep. Paul Gosar introduced a bill Monday to bar certain immigrants from serving in the military, a move he said is needed to keep the Obama administration from “enlisting DACA aliens through a backdoor amnesty program.” Rep. Raul Grijalva announced plans for a bill that would do the opposite, creating a special visa to let veterans return to the U.S. if they had been deported.... Read more»1

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