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Employers escape sanctions, while undocumented risk lives & prosecution

Over a 12-month period ending in March, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers and only three received any jail time. Companies prosecuted for undocumented employees: zero.... Read more»

ACLU sues to halt 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Three civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration's plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cancels nearly 43,000 immigration hearings, including 1K in Arizona

Nearly 43,000 immigration hearings cancelled because of the government shutdown will mean a years-long "avalanche" that will clog courts for years, a federal immigration judge said.... Read more»

DHS: Asylum seekers will be returned to Mexico as cases reviewed

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Thursday that people who seek asylum in the United States may be returned to Mexico for "the duration of their immigration proceedings." ... Read more»

A migrant's journey: Tracking the footsteps of a trip into the unknown

A father's story is symbolic of thousands of migrants leaving all they know for a chance at a better life and challenging odds.... Read more»

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert

A group of 163 suspected illegal migrants was intercepted Saturday by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of Arizona desert west of Tucson — the third large group found in about a month in a wilderness where water is rare and crossings are frequently deadly. ... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to end 'lawlessness' along border

On her second trip to Arizona, Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen once again said the border was in "crisis" and Trump administration officials are taking steps to "end lawlessness." She visited Nogales with Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Immigration courts backlog grows to record high, despite more judges

Immigration court cases waiting to be heard hit an all-time high of 607,755 in June – 10,031 of them in Arizona – despite the hiring of more judges and a Trump administration directive to expedite cases.... 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»

Environmental prosecutions have declined under Obama administration

Environmental prosecutions have fallen sharply under the Obama administration, a change the EPA attributes to shift to focus on bigger, high-impact investigations. Prosecutions for environmental crimes fell from 225 per year under President Bush to 181 per year under President Obama.... Read more»

Punjab to Peoria: Arizona had most Indian deportation cases in 2015

They come across the Arizona border in search of a better life, hundreds of them every year, leaving behind a native country where they no longer feel safe. India. Arizona leads the nation in the number of deportation hearings for immigrants from that Asian nation.... Read more»

Study shows disparities in how Arizona judges granted asylum

Arizona’s 11 immigration judges varied widely in their handling of asylum cases between 2009 and 2014, with denial rates ranging from 21.3 percent for one judge to 65.9 percent for another, according to Justice Department data.... 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»