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Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Analysis

Enforcement overdrive has overloaded the immigration courts

Over the past two decades, the United States has put immigration and border enforcement into overdrive, while not allocating adequate resources to the immigration court system. This mismatch leads to long backlogs and delays.... Read more»1

Texas: Renewed push to outlaw 'sanctuary cities'

A Texas state senator introduced legislation on Monday that would prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting policies that forbid local peace officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. That includes asking the immigration status of someone detained or arrested by a police officer. The legislation would cut off state funding for governments adopting such policies. ... Read more»1

Ducey: Review budget before settling $300M schools case

Doug Ducey said Monday the budget will quickly become his top priority when he takes office as governor, including what to do about a lawsuit that’s left the state owing more than $300 million to schools. That includes being open to reaching a settlement in the suit, he said.... Read more»1

Undocumented woman marks 100 days in sanctuary in Tucson church

For 100 days, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has stayed on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, waiting and hoping for some reprieve from the deportation order that sent her into sanctuary in August. Supporters and faith leaders marked the stretch of time Saturday morning.... Read more»6

High court won’t block ruling that overturned bail ban for some immigrants

The decision means a lower-court ruling overturning the voter-approved Arizona law that bans bail for felony suspects in this country illegally will take effect. Even though the law is suspended, Maricopa County officials said they will file a formal appeal with the high court. ... Read more»

Texas: Feds seek fewer holds on undocumented immigrants

Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to report released Wednesday. ... Read more»1

High court urged not to intervene on bail for immigrant felony suspects

The ACLU said Maricopa County had not shown harm if a lower court ruling, overturning the state's ban on bail for felony suspects who are here illegally, was allowed to take effect. But county officials argued that the ruling could release "potentially dangerous criminals." ... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents rescue two men over the weekend

Agents rescued two men in separate incidents over the weekend, including a 75-year old hiker who called 911, and a man suspected of illegal immigration who activated a beacon in the desert near Three Points. ... Read more»

Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas' agricultural, construction and service industries. ... Read more»

CBP seizes nearly $3M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa cargo facility in Nogales seized nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana, worth $2.96 million inside a tractor-trailer on Wednesday. ... Read more»

BP arrests 7 serious criminals IDed by digital fingerprint system

Digital fingerprint system turns up seven men with serious criminal histories, including sex crimes, robbery, and homicide in Border Patrol custody. ... Read more»1

Advocates tell Obama it’s time to keep promises on immigration reform

Immigration advocacy groups from across the country urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to act swiftly to “end the deportation enforcement machine” that is separating parents from their children.... Read more»1

Border agency accused of political maneuvering after pulling report

Most of the people the U.S. Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a startling shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election. But they didn’t get much of a chance, as the results were taken down after five hours.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

This election, everyone's a moderate

Today is Election Day, so don't forget to vote. One of the most exciting races is that in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District between incumbent Ron Barber and Martha McSally.... Read more»

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