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Texas AG asks feds for $30M for emergency border operation

Saying the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by an influx of minors crossing the border illegally, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Obama administration for $30 million for state-based border security operations.... Read more»

Az officials rail against transfer of minors, laud BP response

Arizona officials criticized federal officials for transferring unaccompanied children to the Nogales Border Patrol station and Greyhound terminals in Phoenix and Tucson. "The conditions are spartan, but the kids are being taken care of," said State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro.... Read more»

Romero calls for city to act on youth migrant crisis

Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero called Wednesday for city staff to take immediate action in helping the federal government establish a Tucson-based shelter for unaccompanied migrant youth. ... Read more»

Ex-Rep. Shadegg pushes for immigration reform

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg called for fellow Republicans in the House to move forward with immigration legislation, saying reform would benefit the economy and create jobs. ... Read more»

Rights groups: Border Patrol abusing minors held in custody

Five immigrant rights groups have submitted a legal complaint to the Department of Homeland Security detailing abuse of children held in Border Patrol custody in the last year. Citing the use of stress positions, the denial of food and water, as well as physical, mental and sexual abuse, and a lack of medical care, the complaint focused on 113 cases of unaccompanied minors.... Read more»

ACLU uncovers systemic abuse at private prisons for immigrants

A four-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas has uncovered "pervasive and disturbing" problems within private prisons that hold immigrants for the federal prison system, including excessive use of solitary confinement, dangerous sanitary conditions, and delayed medical care. ... Read more»1

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LGBT undocumented immigrants face increased risk of violence

A group dedicated to ending all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, and HIV-affected communities recently released its report on hate violence in 2013. These findings show that while 2013 was a pivotal year for same-sex marriage rights—with significant victories at the state level and in the U.S. Supreme Court—homophobia and transphobia still put the safety and lives of LGBT people at risk on a daily basis.... Read more»

Feds ask El Paso shelters to house undocumented immigrants

As an influx of undocumented immigrants arrives in El Paso from the Rio Grande Valley, federal officials are looking for help from local shelters and immigrants' rights groups. ... Read more»

Senate panel weighs plan to rein in Border Patrol overtime

A Senate committee was urged Monday to fix the “hopelessly broken” overtime policy for Border Patrol agents, by boosting agents’ base pay but cutting any extra pay they would otherwise get for overtime hours.... Read more»

White House outlines plans to deal with surge of detained immigrant children

The White House on Monday outlined actions the government has taken in response to a recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children that has burdened immigration facilities in Texas and led to some immigrants being transported to Arizona.... Read more»

Immigrant given sanctuary in Tucson church granted stay by feds

After nearly a month in sanctuary at a South Side Tucson church, Daniel Neyoy Ruiz was granted a stay in his deportation case Monday. Neyoy Ruiz, his wife Karla, and their 13-year old son have been living at Southside Presbyterian Church since May 13, when a removal order issued by Immigration and Custom Enforcement went into effect.... Read more»3

CBP ousts head of internal affairs

The head of internal affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been ousted over criticism that the department has failed to properly investigate complaints of abuses and excessive use of force. An FBI deputy director has been assigned to the agency with orders to aggressively investigate abuses cases.... Read more»

TPD to create database of SB 1070 checks

In the wake of a settlement agreement between South Tucson and the ACLU, the Tucson Police Department will establish a database to track calls to immigration authorities required by Arizona's SB 1070.... Read more»1

As Texas traffic grows, unaccompanied minor migrants drop in Az

The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southwest border has skyrocketed in the past year, but fewer of these immigrants are coming through Arizona, the most recent government figures show.... Read more»

Task force to address surge in child migrants crossing border

The increase of unaccompanied children caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. has prompted the Obama administration to create a multiagency task force to address the issue. ... Read more»

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