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ICE director defends release of illegal immigrants

The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the decision to release more than 2,000 illegal immigrants last month, saying it was needed to keep the agency within budget. But John Morton conceded that eight high-risk inmates were mistakenly released.... Read more»1

Marchers: TPD should not call in Border Patrol

Demanding a change in Tucson Police Department policy, more than 200 people marched from Southside Presbyterian Church to TPD’s headquarters on Sunday afternoon.  Råul Alcarez Ochoa, an organizer of the march, believes that Tucson police are failing the community when they follow SB 1070’s requirement to determine the immigration status of those they arrest.... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

Researchers: Kids' mental health affected by deportation surge

An unprecedented surge in deportations in recent years has affected tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American children. The traumatic experience of losing a parent for an entire childhood is certain to have a profound impact on the mental health of these U.S. citizen children, according to researchers.... Read more»

Tucson tech could eye border from on high

Anchored within proposals for a new national immigration policy is a call for more high-tech security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Parts of that technology – including an 80-foot tower bristling with sensors and cameras – could be developed and tested at the UA Science and Technology Park.... Read more»

Border & immigration news roundup

Chavez dies, Mexican journalist killed, Brewer loses in court

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines... Read more»

Appeals court: SB 1070 day labor provisions unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law aimed at halting the hiring of day laborers are unconstitutional. The sections made it illegal to hire a person for work from a vehicle stopped in a roadway, or for a person to be hired in that manner.... Read more»1

Phx mayor: Break city's boom-and-bust economic cycle

Improving education, reforming immigration and creating a more welcoming business environment can help the nation’s sixth-largest city expand beyond an economy based on construction and real estate, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Border crossings up in Texas

Illegal immigrants may be crossing the border more in Texas than in Arizona; the GOP’s shifting stance on immigration; and news from south of the border.... Read more»

Az lawmakers irked by feds’ release of 100s of illegal immigrants

Arizona Republicans blasted a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decision to release hundreds of illegal immigrants in anticipation of March 1 budget cuts, with one calling it “pure political posturing.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: GOP driven by ideology on immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform could go down as one of the most overlooked, overdue priorities Washington has ever let slide. But whatever Republicans might want to tell themselves, it’s not just immigrants who care about it. “Sorry about your childhood, but don’t come back until we lose a few more elections” is not a serious policy.... Read more»2

Factcheck: Is Senate immigration plan 'amnesty'?

Opponents of a bipartisan Senate immigration plan say it includes “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but that label is not strictly accurate. Although the plan includes a “path to citizenship,” it also requires illegal immigrants to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English and then get in line for permanent legal status behind other immigrants already in the system.... Read more»

Video: El Paso leaders: Commerce key to immigration reform

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., wade into discussion of immigration reform, some El Paso leaders are urging them to include commerce considerations in their talks about safety and security on the southern border, including improvements at ports of entry.... Read more»

Obama, McCain to meet on immigration reform

President Barack Obama will meet with Sen. John McCain and other lawmakers working on a bipartisan overhaul of the country’s immigration system.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Immigration bill published amidst protests

Humanitarians along the border protested Operation Streamline; law enforcement reports meth (and chicken) seizures are up; rumors swirl around President Obama’s immigration bill and the possible shooting death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán... Read more»

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