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Report: Migrants often deported without cash, IDs or belongings

The activist group No More Deaths says that detained migrants lose their possessions as they are shuffled from agency to agency. Routinely, officials failed to return money or belongings, cash was returned in checks or debit cards impossible to use outside of the United States, or agents kept the money, a study says.... Read more»

Az Dreamers one step closer to driver's licenses

The 9th Circuit Court refused Gov. Jan Brewer's request to delay a ruling that struck down Arizona's bar on issuing driver's licenses to young immigrants who have been granted deferred action status. The latest move by the courts means those "Dreamers" will likely be eligible for licenses in a week.... Read more»

A year later, Arivaca checkpoint remains

Group of Arivaca residents hold 24-hour vigil and observation to mark a year of protests against a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, east of I-19.... Read more»8

Advocates blast lawsuit by Az, other states over Obama immigration plan

Legal experts on Friday dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought this week against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The suit claims that deferred deportation of illegal immigrants and other initiatives“ amount to a unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws.” But a top immigration lawyer derided the suit as “a factually challenged press release." ... Read more»2

Arivaca residents plan 24-hour vigil at BP checkpoint

Residents of Arivaca, south of Tucson, plan to launch 24-hour vigil and observation effort at 10 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, just west of Interstate 19. Activists have argued that the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, is the site of civil rights violations, including unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling and excessive use of force.... Read more»2


Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»2


Obama's actions 'same' as past presidents?

President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents?... Read more»1

Homeland Security sec. vows Az visit ‘early next year’

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will return to Southern Arizona early next year to meet with residents and talk about steps his agency is taking to secure the border and further reduce illegal immigration.... Read more»1

New border measures coming, says Homeland Security chief

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that a new border security task force is coming to the U.S.-Mexico-border as part of President Obama's executive action on immigration. ... Read more»1


Spinning immigration data

President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States.... Read more»

Texas GOP divided on immigration crackdown

Though they appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, Texas Republican leaders are far from united on how to use their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.... Read more»

Photos: Thanksgiving in sanctuary

Members of the congregation of Southside Presbyterian Church held Thanksgiving with Rosa Robles Loreta and her family, breaking bread Thursday with a woman who has been in sanctuary for more than 100 days while facing a deportation order.... Read more»

New immigration order may not cover Tucson sanctuary cases

Immigration officials have refused to grant Francisco Perez Cordova a stay of deportation despite his being the father of five U.S. citizens. He remains in sanctuary at a Tucson church.... Read more»

Court: Az must give driver's licenses to Dreamers

Thousands of young adults known as "Dreamers" may be able to get driver's licenses in Arizona after a federal appeals court rejected Monday a request by the state for a new hearing. In doing so, the full 9th Circuit affirmed a July ruling that Arizona illegally denied licenses to those who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

Texas AG: Obama's immigration order violates Constitution

Minutes after President Obama doubled down on his promise to change the country’s immigration system through executive action, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a vow of his own: Expect a lawsuit from Texas. But some legal experts doubt that Abbott, the governor-elect, can successfully challenge the president's order, which he says he plans to do in federal court... Read more»

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