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BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

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House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Deportation arrests up nearly 40 percent under Trump

As some city and state officials move to calm immigrant fears of deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a 38 percent increase in immigration arrests under the agency’s new deportation policies. ... Read more»

Changes to H1B visas put foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients. ... Read more»1

Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

Detained immigrants often hundreds of miles from legal help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. ... Read more»

DACA teachers, used to comforting, find themselves in need of comfort

Former Phoenix teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

Ex-head of anti-immigration group named ombudsman at U.S. immigration agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance. ... Read more»

Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities. ... Read more»

Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»

Kelly touts Homeland Security gains, has harsh words for critics

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that apprehensions at the Southwestern border have fallen sharply during his first 90 days in office, but there is still security work to be done in the United States and abroad.... Read more»

Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»

Exclusive: Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump win

The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States. ... Read more»

Coalition calls for release of Mexican journalist seeking asylum in U.S.

As attacks against reporters in Mexico increase, a coalition of immigration lawyers and organizations that defend journalists is calling for the release of a Mexican reporter detained at the border after asking for political asylum in the United States.... Read more»

U.S. immigration agency will lose millions because it can't process visas fast enough

Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow. ... Read more»

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