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Union chief: Send 5,000 more Border Patrol agents

More boots on the ground and fewer supervisors to oversee them: That’s what the head of the United States Border Patrol union told a congressional committee is needed for the understaffed and outgunned federal agency grappling with the threat that violence south of the Rio Grande will spread north.... Read more»

Second immigrant dies in ICE detention in Arizona

Two Mexican men have died in immigration holding centers in Arizona this year, including Juan Garcia-Hernandez, 39, who collapsed inside a detention facility in Florence on Monday afternoon. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

Hundreds of Latinos protest at Trump rally, confront supporters

A downtown Dallas rally by presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Tuesday produced some of the sharpest scenes of conflict yet in his campaign as hundreds gathered to protest his positions on immigration and confronted supporters as they left the event.... Read more»

Line for legal immigrants can be decades long

For applicants in Arizona and across the country seeking family visas, the wait can be as long as 25 years to get legal residency through a green card, a requirement to apply for U.S. citizenship.... Read more»

Cubans flood Texas ports after thaw in relations

If current trends hold, the port of Laredo is on pace to welcome about 60 percent more Cubans than it did last fiscal year. Why the exodus when the island-nation is on the verge of reestablishing ties with the U.S.? ... Read more»

Despite priorities, only 1/3 of immigration holds focused on convicted criminals

Despite announced shifts in deportation priorities by the White House late last year, new data shows that in April fewer than one-third of the detainer requests sent to local police agencies by ICE were for immigrants convicted of a crime. ... Read more»

Detained immigrants face challenges despite ruling

Two weeks after a federal judge ordered that the majority of women and children being held in Texas immigration detention centers be released, attorneys said they are making moderate progress in securing their clients’ freedom. But they also claim the government hasn’t established clear criterion spelling out who gets released and when.... Read more»

'Anchor babies' weigh in on birthright citizenship debate

While more Republican presidential candidates are using “anchor baby” to talk about birthright citizenship, Americans at the center of the debate question the controversial term. "Even the notion of anchor baby is ridiculous," said Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, an ASU professor. "People have been anchoring on both sides of the border for generations."... Read more»1

Judge upholds 'papers, please' provision of SB 1070

A federal judge upheld the "papers, please" provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law, rejecting claims that it discriminates against Hispanics. But Judge Susan Bolton issued a permanent injunction blocking part of the law that barred stopping a vehicle to hire day laborers.... Read more»

Federal judge will hear Texas birth certificate case next month

A coalition of undocumented immigrants whose U.S. citizen children have been denied birth certificates in Texas will have their case heard in federal court early next month. ... Read more»

Christie defends plan to monitor immigrants like FedEx tracks parcels

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against "ridiculous" criticism of his proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx Corp tracks packages, saying government needs private-sector expertise to tackle illegal immigration. ... Read more»

Problems in U.S. immigration court system are seemingly endless

The ability to have a legal advocate has always been deemed a luxury by the undocumented. Unless you have money to hire a lawyer (a rare circumstance for a border crosser, young or old), or can somehow find one of the Good Samaritans who will work pro bono, you go into the courtroom alone, up against a government prosecutor. More than 80 percent of immigrants in detention are unrepresented.... Read more»

Q&A: Unaccompanied children from Central America, one year later

In 2014, roughly 69,000 kids from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras flooded the U.S.-Mexico border, traveling alone at great personal peril. A year later, the number of unaccompanied children arriving at U.S. borders has dropped significantly. But the immigration status of many of these children remains in flux.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on birthright citizenship

Donald Trump was off base with his claim that Mexico does not have a birthright citizenship policy like the U.S. Although the two countries use different terminology, the two policies are actually very similar.... Read more»

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