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Tucson’s Benedictine Monastery is more than just a shelter for migrant families

The spacious sanctuary of the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson now holds more than pews: dozens of army green American Red Cross cots in clusters, strewn with stuffed animals, pop-up cribs and tattered children’s books in Spanish.... Read more»

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Two Indian nationals activate rescue beacon in desert near Lukeville

Two Indian nationals activated a rescue beacon north of Lukeville, Ariz., on Wednesday evening, and were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. ... Read more»

Yuma mayor declares state of emergency over migrant influx

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it.... Read more»

Border Patrol finds nearly 400 Central Americans in Arizona desert Tuesday morning

Border Patrol agents patrolling about 14 miles west of Lukeville, Ariz., encountered the largest group of Central American migrants yet, after 360 people crossed into the United States from Mexico. ... Read more»

Acting director at DHS resigns, paving way for new Trump choice

Ousted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that her acting deputy resigned Tuesday, paving the way for current CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to take over DHS. ... Read more»

Border detentions jump again in March, as Trump struggles to block asylum-seekers

Customs and Border Protection said it is facing "unprecedented" numbers of migrants along the southwestern border, after the number of people detained in a month again soared, rising 35 percent from February to March. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico during case review

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen 'leaving her position'

The sometimes contentious relationship between Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, and President Trump is drawing to a close, with the president tweeting Sunday that she is "leaving her position."... Read more»

McSally, Biggs question DHS on release of migrants in Arizona

Sen. McSally reiterated her support for stronger border security at a closed-door roundtable meeting this week but stopped short of supporting President Trump’s threats to shut down the southern border if Mexico doesn’t stop migrants from entering the United States.... Read more»

On border, volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

As recent arrivals are released from immigration detention with severe medical problems ranging from diarrhea to gaping wounds, a makeshift health system of volunteers is overwhelmed. The work is taking a financial and emotional toll. ... Read more»

Arizonans join critics of Trump call to weaken unaccompanied minors law

The Trump administration wants to weaken protections for unaccompanied kids without legal documentation, the U.S. Mexico border.... Read more»

DHS employees warned not to disclose 'nonpublic information' in leaked memo

The Department of Homeland Security warned employees not to disclose "nonpublic information," and said they could face criminal, civil or administrative consequences for leaking, in an email sent out Thursday that was quickly leaked to TucsonSentinel.com and others. ... Read more»

Man dies at immigration detention facility in Florence

A Mexican man died at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Florence, Ariz., on Wednesday; he was found unconscious and not breathing. Two days earlier, Abel Reyes-Clemente, 54, was put under medical observation for "signs and symptoms" of the flu, ICE said. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump wrong on Mexico's migrant apprehensions

In 2018, Mexico apprehended 110,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and over the previous four years the total was more than 500,000. Yet, President Trump said that for the “first time” in “decades” Mexico “has been starting to apprehend a lot of people at their southern border coming in” from those countries.... Read more»

Leaked documents show DHS seeking 'volunteers' to help manage influx of Central American families

DHS employees, including law enforcement personnel and civilians, are being asked to join a "volunteer" force and help frontline agencies, including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, documents leaked to TucsonSentinel.com show.... Read more»

Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

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