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Undocumented family goes into sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian

Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their two sons entered the Tucson church Thursday to the applause of around 100 supporters and more than a dozen religious leaders from around the city.... Read more»

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer’s influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Congressional inaction leaves border communities hoping for funds

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president. The local governments have used their own resources since last spring to care for thousands of immigrants flooding into their communities, and they had hoped Congress would reimburse local taxpayers.... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

Southside Presbyterian set to offer sanctuary to Mexican woman

Updated: Unless her deportation order is delayed or canceled by immigration officials by Friday, a Tucson resident will take sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church. Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto is a Mexican national who has lived in the United States since 1999. She would be the second person the church has offered refuge this year.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents seize $321K in drugs, detain 15 suspects

Border Patrol agents seized four vehicles, a firearm, more than $321,000 in narcotics, and detained 15 people in connection with criminal cases since late-June, authorities said.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Andrew Thomas: A campaign fueled by hate

Only in Arizona can people run a TV ad using bigotry and homophobia as possible gubernatorial virtues.... Read more»1

Border crisis: Cities and states revisit anti-gang policies

Critics say the way cities and states dealt with gangs 20 or more years ago greatly contributed to the recent surge in Central American kids crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone.... Read more»1

Analysis

Far from border, Central American kids find familiar faces

The number of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the Mexican border has skyrocketed since 2011, generating open hostility in many communities around the country. But children have gotten a warmer reception in places where Central Americans are the predominant immigrant group.... Read more»4

White House protest ends in arrests; Congress balks on border funds

A Phoenix minister was among a group of religious leaders and immigration advocates arrested Thursday at the White House, where hundreds turned out to demand a halt to deportations. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the House canceled a vote on a bill to address the crisis of children illegally crossing the Southwest border.... Read more»1

Time runs out for Congress to address border crisis

Lawmakers spent hours earlier debating the merits of a border bill. But CSPAN reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, failed to garner enough support from his GOP colleagues, who argued the measure was not strong enough.... Read more»

Weak tea: Last GOP governor debate before early voting a tepid affair

Five of six Republican candidates debated the cost of border enforcement and the use of National Guard troops to secure the border, and took shots at Doug Ducey for not attending the last two debates. While most of Arizona’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls have worked to attract Tea Party support, the discussion was neither strong nor heated.... Read more»

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Arizonans urge White House to include immigrants in debate

The small but vocal protest outside the White House said immigrants who are in this country illegally have ideas that could help with the immigration debate - if only they could be heard. They urged the president to include undocumented immigrants in any future negotiations.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the “far-left” scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was “honored” by his perfect score.... Read more»2

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