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Tucson immigrants charged with hiding connection to Somali terror group

A Tucson couple was arrested Friday after being indicted on charges that they lied to U.S. immigration officials, including false statements about the husband's connection to a militant Somali group linked to Al-Qaeda. ... Read more»

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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»

Despite outreach, 42,200 immigrants fail to meet DACA deadline

More than one in four of the estimated 154,200 immigrants who stand to lose their DACA protection in the next five months did not meet the deadline to apply for a renewal.... Read more»

Trump administration will end refugee program for children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.... Read more»

Photos: DACA protesters at Tucson City Hall

A day after the Trump administration announced the wind-down of DACA, hundreds of people rallied here to show their support for the program, and shouted down Mayor Jonathan Rothschild with calls for Tucson to become a "sanctuary city." ... Read more»

DACA supporters protest in Tucson following Trump's move to end program

Furious with the cancellation of DACA, 150 people protested at Tucson City Hall on Tuesday, vowing to "resist" the Trump administration and push lawmakers to protect thousands from deportation. ... Read more»

Trump administration: DACA ending in March

The Trump administration ordered an end Tuesday to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama action that shields about 788,000 people from deportation, and pushed Congress to replace the policy with a legislative fix before March 5, 2018. ... Read more»

Trump will revoke DACA in 6 months, punts to Congress for fix

The Trump administration is expected to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in six months, passing the issue to Congress for a fix while fulfilling a long-term promise made to hardline supporters of the Republican president. ... Read more»

McSally, other Republicans press for congressional fix for DACA

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and nine other GOP members of Congress submitted a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday asking him to find a legislative solution to the possible end of DACA. ... Read more»

ICE officers told to take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty

The head of ICE's deportation unit has directed officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories — apparently pushing for even tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised.... Read more»

Trump’s immigration pick attacked Obama programs in ghost-written Senate letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children. ... 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»

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»

Election-year spike in citizenship requests higher than expected

Federal officials who typically see an increase in citizenship applications during presidential election years said that applications in this heated election season appear likely to surpass expectations.... Read more»

Troubled visa investment program gets short-term extension, no fixes

Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks. ... Read more»

Advocates: Feds withholding documents on deportation push

Immigrant advocates accused the federal government of withholding documents after 10 agencies released only a few papers relating to a new deportation policy known as the Priority Enforcement Program.... Read more»

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