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Citizenship requests hit new high in Az, nation; more growth likely

Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate.... Read more»

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Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult last week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»1

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»

ICE director says ‘no population is off the table’ for immigration arrests

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement told a House committee Tuesday that while the agency is targeting criminal immigrants as it ramps up enforcement efforts, “no population is off the table” for immigration arrests.... Read more»

Immigration advocates rally in Washington, vow to take fight back home

Immigration advocates from Arizona joined others from across the country at a rally outside the Customs and Border Protection office in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, part of a three-day summit aimed at organizing grass-roots resistance to Trump administration policies.... Read more»

Advocates leery of plan to hire more immigration judges, prosecutors

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to enforce Trump travel ban ‘humanely’

The secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended President Trump’s ban on refugee admissions and vowed that he would enforce the policy “humanely.” Secretary Kelly’s comments came just days after Trump signed an order temporarily barring refugees from all countries – and all travelers from seven Muslim countries.... Read more»

Study: Influx of immigrants is overall boost to U.S. workers, economy

Immigration has risen sharply over the past 20 years and immigrants have accounted for a larger portion of the workforce in that time, but that competition is actually helping Americans in the long run, a new report says.... Read more»

Ballot harvesting law could impact Latinos and seniors

The new Arizona law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers doesn’t take effect until November’s election, but voter outreach groups are already planning for the change they fear will affect voting by Latinos and the elderly. ... Read more»1

Supreme Court will review immigration lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will review a lawsuit over the legality of President Obama's executive orders, announced 14 months ago, that would protect millions of immigrants from deportation. ... Read more»

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

Study: Vast majority of immigrants want to become citizens, few do

More than 93 percent of Hispanic immigrants who are in this country illegally say they want to apply for citizenship, but fewer than half of whose who can apply do so, according to research by the Pew Hispanic Center.... Read more»

Advocates, officials spar over handling early ballots in Arizona

In the run-up to last year’s general election, several political action groups worked to get residents of low-income and high-minority neighborhoods on Maricopa County’s permanent early voting list. As Nov. 6 approached, those groups had thousands of volunteers knocking on doors to encourage people to mail back those ballots and, if voters couldn’t for any reason, offering to deliver ballots to the county.... Read more»

Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Advocates contend the survey shows public opinion is behind their opposition to a bill aimed at helping each county manage its permanent early voting list. The bill would allow counties to drop from their lists those who fail to vote by mail in two straight elections. ... Read more»

Arizonans join thousands at D.C. rally for immigration reform

Advocates and immigrants from Arizona were among thousands who came to Washington on Wednesday to rally at the Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform.... Read more»1

Voter advocacy groups rally against GOP election bills

Voting rights groups rallied Thursday at the State Capitol, declaring Arizona Voting Rights Protection Day and registering their objections to two Republican election bills.... Read more»

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