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Federal officials filed a lawsuit a Wednesday against Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a federal judge to rule that the installation of cargo containers along two sections of the Arizona-Mexico border is an "unlawful trespasses," block the state from continuing to install the containers, and award damages to cover the costs of removing the 8,000-pound steel boxes. Read more»

Faith leaders with Faith in Action lead a march on March 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C. to pressure President Joe Biden and the Democratic-majority Congress to expand voting rights and support for immigrants.

Noncitizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections, and false claims they are voting illegally have been at the center of Republican campaigns - and efforts by cities to give noncitizens a say in local elections is being used to suppress voting rights and spread conspiracy theories. Read more»

Congress in 2009 allowed states to waive the five-year waiting period in Medicaid and CHIP for most legally authorized immigrant children.

A small but growing number of states are extending government health benefits to children regardless of their immigration status, a change that is costing the states millions of dollars - but despite the cost, momentum is growing towards extending coverage to insure more children. Read more»

During the midterms, Arizonans approved Proposition 308, which gives undocumented students access to in-state tuition, overturning a previous voter-approved measure that forced them to pay out-of state rates.

A bipartisan proposal at the federal level is a last minute push to create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers before the start of the new Congressional session, as some immigrants who entered the country as children face an uncertain future as litigation over its legality continues.  Read more»

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was convicted of capital murder for the 2018 vigilante-inspired killing spree of four women, all sex workers, along the Texas/Mexico border.

A Texas jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz of capital murder for the 2018 vigilante-inspired killing spree of four women, all sex workers, along the Texas/Mexico border. Read more»

Migrants walk past Guatemalan and U.S flags set in the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala. Some call nearby Tapachula, Mexico, the 'new U.S. border,' as more and more migrants are coming to the U.S. from other countries and crossing Mexico to get here.

The surge of migrants at the southern border has included skyrocketing numbers from countries that were barely represented in previous years, presenting a challenge that experts say the U.S. is not equipped to address. Read more»

A protected Saguaro cactus stands taller than the 30-foot steel bollard border wall erected by the Trump administration which cuts through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.

A Fifth Circuit judge lambasted President Joe Biden for canceling border wall construction projects, calling it "absurd" his administration is installing cameras and sensors to deter migrants in lieu of physical barriers. Read more»

Immigration advocates have lobbied Democrats for weeks to pass a last-effort piece of legislation to give DACA recipients a permanent pathway to citizenship. 

In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children - but the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent opens a storage container holding dozens of personal items confiscated and held temporarily by the agency in December 2014.

Detained migrants are legally entitled to speak with attorneys - and yet the U.S. immigration system regularly impedes on “basic modes of communication” between migrants and their lawyers - claims that are the basis of a new lawsuit over the ability of migrants to access lawyers. Read more»

If the administration lifts Title 42 as planned this month, Border Patrol agents are expected to return to using Title 8 to process migrants.

Title 42, the public health order that expels migrants to Mexico was launched early in the pandemic, and the Biden administration’s intention to end it has sparked a legal battle. Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe at a 2010 think-tank discussion on 'Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis.'

On a December night in 2006, I did an exit interview with Jim Kolbe. I knew he was smart. I didn't yet realize he was brilliant. He saw how the pieces fit together, and his intellect explained how he could be a total pain. Read more»

Erosion can be seen along a privately funded border wall in Mission in June 2020.

A private border wall built along the Rio Grande in South Texas could collapse during extreme flooding, according to a federally commissioned inspection report that the government sought to keep secret for more than a year. Read more»

Biden instructed ICE officers to prioritize certain noncitizens for detainment and removal based on the threat they could pose to public safety.

The Supreme Court heard over two hours of arguments Tuesday but appeared no closer to deciding if the Biden administration had the authority to impose guidelines prioritizing public safety when it deports noncitizens.  Read more»

National Guard Sgt. Tommy Morga educates parents about how drugs like fentanyl are sold through social media apps such as Snapchat. Although drug dealers operate through many social media platforms, experts are most worried about Snapchat due to the app’s anonymity, disappearing messages and lack of third-party monitoring.

Although drug dealers operate on many social media platforms, experts are most worried about Snapchat due to the app’s anonymity, and an Arizona effort is underway to help inform parents of the dangers of fentanyl and cartels’ use of social media to reach vulnerable youth. Read more»

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz is on trial for the killing of four women and attacking a fifth.

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent executed four women, all sex workers, in a 2018 vigilante-inspired killing spree along the Texas/Mexico border because “he wanted to clean up the streets,” prosecutors said on the first day of Juan David Ortiz’s trial. Read more»

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