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Az lawmakers give blessing to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city.... Read more»

Grijalva: New ICE contract with private prison corp. is 'unconscionable'

Citing concerns about the treatment of women and children in prisons runs by the GEO Group, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva called for an investigation into a recent decision to grant the company a contract to run new alternative detention programs. ... Read more»

Arizonans join 100-mile march to D.C., and Pope Francis, in deportation protest

A group of women marched 100 miles to visit Pope Francis in order to bring attention to the deportation and separation of families. ... Read more»

DHS appeals order to release immigrant women and kids

Immigration officials continue to defend the use of family detention, even as Homeland Security moves forward on reforms that will shift the facilities toward short-term processing centers. ... Read more»

Civil Rights Comm. hammers immigration authorities on family detention

In a scathing report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said it found evidence that immigration officials were interfering with the constitutional rights of families in detention, and called on Homeland Security to immediately release them. It cited conditions that are "useless, punitive and not necessary."... Read more»

Pope's U.S. visit may deepen Republicans' Hispanic problem

The upcoming visit by the most socially progressive pope in generations threatens to drive a further wedge between the Republican Party and the Hispanic voters it needs to win back in order to retake the White House.... Read more»

FactChecking the CNN Republican debate

The candidates flubbed claims on vaccines, immigration, Hillary Clinton and more.... Read more»

Union chief: Send 5,000 more Border Patrol agents

More boots on the ground and fewer supervisors to oversee them: That’s what the head of the United States Border Patrol union told a congressional committee is needed for the understaffed and outgunned federal agency grappling with the threat that violence south of the Rio Grande will spread north.... Read more»

Second immigrant dies in ICE detention in Arizona

Two Mexican men have died in immigration holding centers in Arizona this year, including Juan Garcia-Hernandez, 39, who collapsed inside a detention facility in Florence on Monday afternoon. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

Hundreds of Latinos protest at Trump rally, confront supporters

A downtown Dallas rally by presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Tuesday produced some of the sharpest scenes of conflict yet in his campaign as hundreds gathered to protest his positions on immigration and confronted supporters as they left the event.... Read more»

Line for legal immigrants can be decades long

For applicants in Arizona and across the country seeking family visas, the wait can be as long as 25 years to get legal residency through a green card, a requirement to apply for U.S. citizenship.... Read more»

Cubans flood Texas ports after thaw in relations

If current trends hold, the port of Laredo is on pace to welcome about 60 percent more Cubans than it did last fiscal year. Why the exodus when the island-nation is on the verge of reestablishing ties with the U.S.? ... Read more»

Despite priorities, only 1/3 of immigration holds focused on convicted criminals

Despite announced shifts in deportation priorities by the White House late last year, new data shows that in April fewer than one-third of the detainer requests sent to local police agencies by ICE were for immigrants convicted of a crime. ... Read more»

Detained immigrants face challenges despite ruling

Two weeks after a federal judge ordered that the majority of women and children being held in Texas immigration detention centers be released, attorneys said they are making moderate progress in securing their clients’ freedom. But they also claim the government hasn’t established clear criterion spelling out who gets released and when.... Read more»

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