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'Killing us at border' — Trump doubles down in Phx stump speech

"I respect Mexico as a country but the problem we have is their leaders are much smarter more cunning than our leaders," Donald Trump told a fervent crowd of about 4,000 at the Phoenix Convention Center. "And they're killing us at the border." Trump later claimed that some 15,000 attended — 3-4 times the capacity of the room.... Read more»6

Factcheck: Clinton spins on immigration, emails

In her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that "all" Republican presidential candidates "don't want to provide a path to citizenship," and she distorted the facts on her exclusive use of private email as secretary of state.... Read more»2

Rick Perry: Let's pull federal funds from 'sanctuary cities'

Days after an undocumented laborer was charged with the murder of a San Francisco woman, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for federal funding to be pulled from so-called sanctuary cities. ... Read more»1

Far from home

Mexico 'a death trap for migrants' one year after new border program launched

Though last year's influx of Central American migrants spawned reform, migrants remain easy prey.... Read more»

Few unaccompanied minors returned to their home countries, senators told

Fewer than 2,000 of the 51,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who showed up at the Southwest border last year have been repatriated, a Senate panel was told Tuesday, a pace that critics said may have “incentivized” more migration.... Read more»1

Commentary

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

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