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Migrants wait to be processed for asylum in Nogales. Immigration has helped staunch urban population losses but fuels political battles.

Americans are moving to the South and Southwest and from cities to the suburbs in search of more space and homes they can afford - but immigration, which is starting to bounce back from pandemic lows, has helped mitigate population loss in major cities. Read more»

A member of the National Guard during inspections at the the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales in 2018.

Twenty-eight purported members of the Sinaloa drug cartel were indicted in three U.S. federal courts, charged with unleashing a campaign of violence and murder while distributing at least 56,000 kilograms of drugs and laundering tens of millions of dollars. Read more»

In recent months, some Republican chief election officials had been pressing ERIC to drop the requirement that states reach out to eligible but unregistered voters.

While state officials and much media coverage have focused on concerns about partisanship among ERIC officials, and false conspiracy theories, other state officials also cited ERIC’s voter outreach mandate as an important factor in their decisions to withdraw from the program. Read more»

Immigration advocates have long decried U.S. and Mexican policies that force migrants to remain in dangerous areas along the border, saying that they only generate a migrant crisis in cities like Juárez and ultimately lead to tragedies like Monday night's fire.

A fire at a temporary migrant detention center run by the Mexican government in the border city of Ciudad Juárez Monday night left at least 40 people dead, though authorities disagree on the cause. Read more»

The government said the criminalization of encouraging illegal immigration dates back over a century.

A law under review by the Supreme Court makes it a crime to encourage unlawful immigration into the U.S., but there are questions about how government prosecutors would distinguish between scams targeting vulnerable migrants and commonplace discussions. Read more»

Press freedom groups dispute the government’s claim that First Amendment concerns are hypothetical, citing the surveillance of journalists covering the migrant caravans.

The Biden administration will head to the Supreme Court to defend a federal law that criminalizes certain speech - while the law is aimed at those who would encourage people crossing the border to skirt law enforcement, it has been used by the government to surveil journalists. Read more»

The latest Mexican wolf population count showed surprising numbers. Biologists found 109 collared wolves in the wild.

Recovery of wolves in the wild accelerated at an astonishing rate in 2022, with the population growing from 196 to at least 241 wolves, including 136 counted in New Mexico and 105 in Arizona. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle driving along the border near Naco, Ariz., in March 2020.

Border Patrol agents shot and killed a person Tuesday evening following a pursuit on Highway 286 southwest of Tucson, authorities said. Read more»

Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes joined nearly two dozen other states last week in defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on behalf of more than 30,000 Arizonans DACA recipients. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers placed barbed wire and other barriers at the Paso del Norte Bridge Sunday as Venezuelan migrants gathered in response to false reports that they might be able to enter the United States without an appointment.

Frustrated by the failures of a U.S. government immigration app and a difficult existence on the streets of Juárez, hundreds of mostly Venezuelan migrants rushed to the top of the Paso del Norte Bridge to learn if a rumor about the border being temporarily opened was true. Read more»

A member of the National Guard during inspections at the the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales in 2018.

Victor Acosta, 47, was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling 22 boxes of rifle ammunition, including rounds for AR-15s and AK-47-patterned rifles Read more»

Large groups of migrants cross the Rio Grande into El Paso on Saturday, Sept. 10.

A proposed immigration measure would all but eliminate access to asylum to those who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without first seeking protection from their home country or in a country they travel through on their way to the United States. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and Yuma Regional Medical Center President and CEO Robert Trenschel, center, testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing to the impact surging immigration has on their communities.

Arizona officials told a House committee that local law enforcement and health care workers are ill-equipped to handle the recent surge of immigration at the southern border, the latest in a string of GOP hearings attacking the Biden administration for its handling of the border. Read more»

There are some exceptions to the new proposal. Migrants can still seek asylum if they or a family member is facing a medical emergency, imminent threat to their life or safety, or were a 'victim of a severe form of trafficking.'

The Biden administration announced a proposal that would bar foreigners who attempt to illegally cross into the country along the U.S.-Mexico border from later seeking asylum - a proposal decried by immigrant rights groups as "Trump's asylum ban under a different name." Read more»

A family requested asylum at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales in October 2021, but were rebuffed by federal officials who argued that Title 42 kept them from accepting people seeking protection in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court canceled arguments in a case over the emergency health order the federal government has used for nearly three years to quickly turn away migrants, including those seeking asylum, at the southern border. Read more»

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