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Biden’s border: 'an incredibly disappointing year' for immigrant advocates

As a candidate, Joe Biden emphasized how different his immigration policy would be from that of former President Donald Trump, promising to “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage,” but after nearly a year of the Biden presidency, immigrant advocates are disheartened.... Read more»

Sentinel awarded grant to dig into Arizona water-supply issues

The Tucson Sentinel has been awarded a grant for investigative reporting on water-supply issues in Arizona. The funding will cover a months-long project by a team of Sentinel journalists.... Read more»

Native activist gets new hearing over 'religious freedom' defense in Az border wall protest case

A federal judge agreed to reconsider ruling over how a law intended to protect religious freedom may shield a Southern Arizona border activist from prosecution after she was arrested last year while protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs.... Read more»

Judge won’t force feds to speed up work permit renewals for asylum seekers

A federal judge denied a request from five asylum seekers to force the U.S. government to speed up work permit renewals, stating she found when it comes to approving work permits, "courts have found delays of several years are not unreasonable."... Read more»

Pygmy owl may get new protections, 15 years after feds removed desert bird from endangered list

More than 15 years after developers successfully sued to lift federal protections for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, which lives in the Tucson area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has moved to again preserve the diminutive desert owl. ... Read more»

Texas Gov. Abbott inaugurates 1st stretch of state-funded border barrier

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott inaugurated the first stretch of a border wall being built by the state in Starr County - using state money and crowdfunded private donations, mostly coming from one single donor: Timothy Mellon, the chair of Pan Am Systems.... Read more»

DHS will close 'gaps' in border wall, begin clean-up work in Southern Arizona

Customs and Border Protection can close some gaps in the border wall, and work to clean up now-abandoned construction projects in Southern Arizona using millions in defense funding earmarked to counter drug-smuggling, DHS Secretary Mayorkas said Monday. ... Read more»

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I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

About five million people are stuck in a decades-long line to become permanent residents, and more than 100,000 of their children, known as “Documented Dreamers,” are estimated to lose their status here over the next two decades.... Read more»

Asylum-seekers ask judge to order feds to speed up renewals of work permits

Although Department of Homeland Security regulations state applications for renewal of work permits should be adjudicated within 180 days of receipt, asylum seekers told a federal judge Friday the government "is routinely exceeding that deadline, taking 10 months or more."... Read more»

CBP busts 'record-breaking' haul of 3,300 lbs of meth in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers made the largest seizure of meth in the Tucson Field's Office's history Wednesday when they found nearly 3,300 pounds worth asbout $7.7 million stashed in a shipment of auto parts.... Read more»

5th Circuit: Biden administration must continue 'Remain in Mexico' program

A 5th Circuit panel late Monday rejected the Biden administration’s efforts to end a Trump-era immigration policy that forces some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for resolution of their cases, a week after the government restarted the program in compliance with an injunction. ... Read more»

“I thought he was going to kill me”: Migrants say return of Trump-era border policy will put asylum seekers in danger

A Cuban woman sent to Ciudad Juárez after seeking asylum in El Paso was raped as she waited for her U.S. court date - now, she worries more migrants could be victims of violence as the Biden administration revives the "remain in Mexico" program. ... Read more»

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Hoover: Magnus needs to work with experts & activists to make U.S. border policies more humane

Chris Magnus, Tucson's former chief of police and now Biden’s new CBP commissioner, should seek out civil society experts for help to make border policies humane. Humanitarian groups, academics, human rights groups, telecommunication companies, and local governments have much to offer. ... Read more»

Neither side thrilled with immigration reforms in Build Back Better bill

Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough. ... Read more»

Deputy Chief Kasmar tapped to lead Tucson police as Magnus leaves for CBP post

Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar will lead the Tucson Police Department, replacing Chief Chris Magnus — who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»

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