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Behind the criminal immigration law: Eugenics and white supremacy

The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country involves some dark corners of U.S. history.... Read more»

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Nearly 2,000 kids separated from parents in six-week period

Trump administration officials have separated 1,995 minors from parents or guardians in a six week period, a Department of Homeland Security official said Friday. ... Read more»

More than 400 Tucsonans protest separation of families at U.S.-Mexico border

As fury over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents accelerates, more than 400 people in protested in Downtown Tucson, one of dozens of rallies planned nationwide. ... Read more»

Immigration is main charge in 52% of all federal prosecutions

While President-elect Trump has promised to deport up to 2 million "criminal aliens," new data from TRAC shows that immigration charges are all but three of the top 10 crimes pursued by federal prosecutors, easily surpassing prosecutions for firearms, drugs and fraud. ... Read more»

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Advocates: Fast-track immigration courts costly, ineffective

Advocates said that the fast-rack immigration proceeding known as Operation Streamline has failed to deter illegal immigration into the U.S. while creating a "human rights" disaster that fuels a private-prison industry. ... Read more»

The top border stories of 2015

Among more than 400 stories about the border and immigration published by TucsonSentinel.com in 2015, here are six worth reviewing and three more worth a read. ... Read more»

Migrant apprehensions falling along Arizona-Mexico border

Apprehensions along the Arizona-Mexico border declined nearly 25 percent in the past year, following a 10-year trend dating to 2005. DHS officials also announced shifts in deportations toward those with criminal convictions, and an increase in removals of illegal immigrants along the border.... Read more»

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Tucson clergy interrupt immigration court

Nearly a dozen pastors interrupted federal court proceedings in Tucson on Monday, as part of an ongoing protest against a fast-track immigration prosecution system known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

12 Operation Streamline protesters sentenced to time served

Twelve immigration activists were sentenced Monday to time served for their role in a 2013 Tucson protest that stopped two buses carrying migrants destined for federal prosecution under the fast-track Operation Streamline. ... Read more»1

Study: Illegal immigration from Mexico still declining

Changing migration patterns and shifts in border enforcement mean the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants continues to decline in the United States. While net migration of Mexican immigrants reached zero in 2010, since then more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have arrived.... Read more»

Judge finds Operation Streamline protesters guilty

Twelve immigration activists were found guilty Tuesday on two charges relating to their arrests during an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants slated for the federal government's fast-track immigration court known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Judge quashes most charges in Operation Streamline trial

Most of the charges lodged against 12 immigration activists for their role in an October 2013 protest against Operation Streamline were dropped by a Tucson judge on Tuesday. ... Read more»2

Immigration activists on trial for 2013 Streamline protest

Twelve immigration activists are on trial for their role in an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants bound for a federal court for prosecution through a fast-track process, Operation Streamline, that some say is "assembly-line justice." They're using their case to again voice their reasons for protesting.... Read more»

Operation Streamline protesters found guilty

Six activists who blocked the federal courthouse in Tucson during an October 2013 protest against the fast-track immigration court held there were found guilty by a federal judge on Friday. ... Read more»2

Yuma Sector stopping Op. Streamline cases for some illegal immigrants

Federal immigration officials are scaling back a program meant to fast-track prosecution and imprisonment of immigrants crossing into the United States illegally, according to the Yuma County sheriff. ... 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»

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