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Border agents arrest 26 for human smuggling, drugs

In the last 10 days Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have apprehended 19 people for attempting to enter the country illegally — including two Chinese nationals hidden in the trunk of car, and arrested seven others for their role in human smuggling or drug trafficking. ... Read more»

U.S. charging more immigrants with criminal offenses

The U.S. is charging more immigrants with criminal offenses, but it's not because they are committing more crimes.... Read more»

Commentary

Top 5 reasons why immigration reform means more tax revenues

Immigration reform would lead to significant increases in the country’s tax revenues.... Read more»

At Austin civil rights summit, bi-partisan leaders call for immigration reform

At the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, both expressed optimism that Congress could pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.... Read more»

Protesters rally as Obama-era deportations top 2 million

A previous rallying cry of “not one more” deportation became a chant of “2 million is too many." Arizonans were among several dozen people who rallied at the White House, renewing a call on the president to halt deportations as long as immigration reform is stalled. ... Read more»

Arizonans among those rallying Washington to end deportations

Immigration reform advocates, many from Arizona, rallied in front of the White House where they called on the president to "to stop the deportation machine" that is splitting up families. It came just days before a planned weekend of marches and rallies across the country. ... Read more»

Catholic bishops hold mass for thousands who died crossing border

In the shadow of the border fence that divides Nogales between the United States and Mexico, Roman Catholic leaders celebrated mass on Tuesday in an attempt to highlight the fateful consequences of current U.S. immigration policies.... Read more»

Analysis

Understanding immigration federalism in the U.S.

Over the past few years, the pendulum of state action on immigration has swung from punitive laws to positive laws that seek to integrate immigrants and mitigate the harsh effects of enforcement.... Read more»

House Dems trying to force immigration reform vote

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. ... Read more»

Activists chart alternative course for immigration reform

Backlash against get-tough immigration laws like SB 1070 led to a climate that makes it possible to push for alternative immigration reforms, activists said, including in-state tuition and driver's licenses. Those plans were attacked by critics as "practically amnesty." ... Read more»

150 immigration activists demonstrate at San Diego crossing

Nearly 150 people attempted to cross the port of entry near San Diego as part of protest against U.S. immigration policy on Monday.... Read more»

Advocates stage mock election in Capitol for immigration reform

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: 'El Chapo' escaped in a laundry cart?

In this edition of Sonoran Ramblings, we're looking at sub-par U.S. reporting on the capture of "El Chapo," lackluster coverage of Operation Streamline, a recent fatal Border Patrol shooting, and an LA Times story on a previously undisclosed report on the agency's use of force policy. ... Read more»

Observers tracking Border Patrol stops at Arivaca checkpoint

Arivaca residents, frustrated with a border checkpoint they say is intimidating and intrusive, have launched a new program that will track stops by U.S. border agents near the town. "It was supposed to be temporary, and years later, it’s still here and every year, they add something to make it ever more permanent," an observer said.... Read more»3

Immigration reform groups urge Obama to act alone

As Republican lawmakers seek to rein in the president's executive authority, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes. ... Read more»

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