Special thanks
to our supporters

  • NewsMatch
  • Ernie Pyle
  • Rocco's Little Chicago
  • Newton B & Sunny Link Ashby
  • Dylan Smith
  • Tricia Armstrong & David Burke
  • Renee Downing
  • Rick Unklesbay
  • Jacquelyn Jackson
  • M. Donovan
  • Sidney Hardie
  • & many more!

We rely on readers like you. Join them & contribute to the Sentinel today!

Hosting provider

Proud member of

Local Independent Online News Publishers Authentically Local Local First Arizona Institute for Nonprofit News
 1 2 >
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»

President Joe Biden descends from Air Force One as he arrives for his first official visit to the border on Sunday, Jan. 8.

President Joe Biden arrived in El Paso Sunday for a three-hour visit at a time when the city has been the focal point of a national debate over how the United States deals with immigration. Read more»

Immigration detainees at the Eloy federal contract prison.

Lawyers for immigrant detainees at federal correctional centers in Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida say the federal government is illegally preventing them from effectively communicating with their clients. Read more»

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.9 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which will stay in place after a federal court blocked a plan to end it this week.

Supporters of Title 42 welcomed the court ruling that blocked a plan to pull the plug on the program Monday - but migration advocates said the Friday ruling by a federal district judge will only prolong a rule that has been an “outright failure” as a border policy. Read more»

Reps. Deborah Ross, D-N.C., and Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., right, are backed by 'documented Dreamers,' children of visa-holding immigrants who would be helped by a bill that would protect them from aging out of their parents’ protection and being deported.

Children of visa-holding parents - or “documented Dreamers” - are pushing for passage of the bipartisan America’s CHILDREN Act of 2021 that would protect them from being deported when they turn 21. Read more»

A young boy seeking asylum waits in Nogales, Sonora in April, 2021.

People are forced to flee increasingly violent Central American countries like Honduras, where the United States’ endorsement of the 2009 coup of the democratically elected President led to extreme levels of insecurity and instability that continue to drive people out of the country. Read more»

Immigrant advocates say President Biden hasn't kept campaign promises, especially regarding asylum, in his first year in office.

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»

Two women file paperwork in Nogales, Sonora in June 2018.

Under a July 1 directive signed by ICE's acting Director Tae Johnson, immigration officials will no longer detain, arrest, or take into custody those who are pregnant or nursing unless their release is prohibited by law or "exceptional circumstances". Read more»

From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, and former President Donald Trump attended a border security briefing in Weslaco to discuss plans in securing the southern border wall on June 30, 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state needs to build a border wall to reduce migrant apprehensions and fentanyl seizures, but immigration and drug treatment experts say Abbott's oversimplifying the issue. Read more»

DACA recipients and their supporters rallied at the Supreme Court ahead of the justices taking up the question of ending the program.

Donald Trump's tweet calling DACA recipients "very tough, hardened criminals" is not supported by evidence. Read more»

Protesters in this 2017 file photo to march toward the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Phoenix after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for an end to DACA. Courts blocked that move but the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case Nov. 12.

Lawyers in Arizona and southern Nevada said they have started receiving notices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to set new court dates for their clients who are currently protected from deportation by DACA. Read more»

President Donald Trump has ordered the hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, but an inspector general’s report says the Department of Homeland Security may not be capable of hiring that many, that quickly.

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them. Read more»

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, said her bill waiving the currently required lie detector test for police and veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs is 'common sense' as Customs and Border Protection rushes to fill jobs. But critics fear it could lead to lower standards among agents and abuse on the border.

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. Rep. Martha McSally's bill comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Trump’s plan to hire an additional 5,000 agents. Read more» 1

President Barack Obama was criticized as 'deporter in chief' for policies that led to the removal of a record 2.5 million people during his tenure. President-elect Donald Trump could match those numbers while dramatically shifting the focus of enforcement.

Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama. Read more»

Advocates reviewing one of the Border Patrol's holding cells at the Border Patrol station in Tucson.

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector. Read more»

 1 2 >