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U.S. takes 121 illegal immigrants into custody for deportation

U.S. authorities took 121 people into custody over the weekend, primarily in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, as immigration authorities moved to deport families who entered the United States illegally after May 2014, officials said on Monday.... Read more»

DHS begins immigration raids & family deportations

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed that immigration officials had arrested 121 people over the holiday in at least six states this weekend. The raids were intended to blunt the spike of Central American families coming into the United States through Mexico, he said. ... Read more»

The top border stories of 2015

Among more than 400 stories about the border and immigration published by TucsonSentinel.com in 2015, here are six worth reviewing and three more worth a read. ... Read more»

Despite high unemployment, Yuma’s agribusiness continues to thrive

Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a report listing metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates in the country. Yuma often finds itself at the top of that list. It had a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 23.2 percent in October, when the national average hovered at 4.8 percent.... Read more»

Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families.... Read more»

DHS planning to launch large scale immigration raids

In response to a spike in the number of Central American families coming into the United States, immigration officials are planning a series of raids in January aimed at deporting thousands of adults and children.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson gastronomy shows border culture war is a false flag

Tucson has just become a UNESCO "Worldwide City of Gastronomy," which reminds me of how some are up in arms over an Illegal Pete's chain restaurant. Latino culture isn't just embraced here in Tucson. It's marketed. It's not just appropriated. It's sometimes mis-appropriated — and it's everywhere.... Read more»

Migrant apprehensions falling along Arizona-Mexico border

Apprehensions along the Arizona-Mexico border declined nearly 25 percent in the past year, following a 10-year trend dating to 2005. DHS officials also announced shifts in deportations toward those with criminal convictions, and an increase in removals of illegal immigrants along the border.... Read more»

Operation Streamline

Tucson clergy interrupt immigration court

Nearly a dozen pastors interrupted federal court proceedings in Tucson on Monday, as part of an ongoing protest against a fast-track immigration prosecution system known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Central American migrants deported from U.S. and Mexico face danger and debt

Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants, including children, are deported by the United States each year to their home countries where they face gang violence and a lack of state services to help them reintegrate, researchers said.... Read more»

High court denies Texas 30-day extension in immigration case

The Obama administration won a small but significant battle on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied Texas’ request for an extra 30 days to respond to the White House’s petition for review of a controversial immigration case.... Read more»

CBP: 6 U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling attempts

Six U.S. citizens were arrested for attempting to smuggle several Mexican men and 122 pounds of marijuana through Southern Arizona Border Patrol checkpoints last week.... Read more»

Young migrants who arrive at the border alone struggle in U.S.

Immigrant youth who arrive at the border alone and have no family to take care of them in the U.S. often struggle to build a life. They are sent to foster homes or special shelters. Those who are about to turn 18 are sent to detention centers. Those who are released often have no place to go.... Read more»

For detained immigrants on hunger strikes, results aren't guaranteed

How effective are hunger strikes by immigration detainees? Recent evidence seems to suggest they work for some groups but make matters worse for others. The outcome depends on several factors, including size and scope, how frequent they are and now much information the public can or will absorb about what's going on behind closed doors.... Read more»

Judge: No 'emergency' to license detention centers

A district judge has ruled that the state of Texas can't claim an emergency to quickly grant licenses for two private detention centers holding undocumented immigrant families for the federal government.... Read more»

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