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The concertina or 'razor' wire installed in Nogales, Arizona in Feb. 2019.

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»

An analysis from the New Partnership for New Americans estimates that by the end of 2020 Arizona will have gained over 49,000 new eligible voters who are immigrants in the four years since the last presidential election.

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»

A Border Patrol agent at 'tent-like' facility in Tucson , set up in April, 2021 to manage children who traveled to the U.S. without parents or guardians.

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»

A family at the Kino Border Initiative on July 28 in Nogales, Sonora.

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»

Lisbet, an asylum seeker from Cuba, at her home in Kentucky. Lisbet and her husband were separated at the border and sent into Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. In Ciudad Juarez, she said she was stalked and raped by a Mexican police officer.

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»

Customs and Border Protection officials process a small group of asylum-seekers in February, when the Biden administration was starting to phase out the Migrant Protection Protocols that forced migrants to wait in Mexico for a hearing. The 'remain in Mexico' policy is resuming, under court order, even as administration officials vow to continue fighting to end it.

The Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy will resume, even as DHS vowed to continue working to end the program it is now being forced to reinstate. Opponents of the policy urged the Biden administration to terminate the “inhumane and illegal” program. Read more»

120 - 150 migrants apprehended near McAllen, Texas, shortly after crossing the Rio Grande River into the U.S. in 2019.

The Department of Homeland Security said it reached a deal with Mexico on Thursday to restart the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols program, a policy that President Joe Biden suspended on his first day in office and formally terminated in June. Read more»

An asylum-seeking woman from Mexico leads a protest in Nogales, Sonora in February 2021 demanding President Joe Biden restore the processing of asylum cases. On Nov. 8, 2021, migrants in Nogales continue to demand the Biden administration discontinue its expulsion policy under Title 42 that prevents adults and children from seeking asylum protections in the U.S.

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Read more»

TPD Chief Chris Magnus speaks to the media during a press conference in Tucson in 2016.

The nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection moved forward Wednesday after a Senate committee voted 15-13 to advance his confirmation. Read more»

Migrants head back to Mexico after being encountered by Border Patrol agents near Sasabe in this March 2020 photo. The Biden administration is again trying to end the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols that automatically turned back asylum seekers, after courts in August said so-called 'remain in Mexico' policy had to stay in place.

The Biden administration urged a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday to vacate an injunction ordering it to reinstate a Trump-era program that returned thousands of immigrants to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum cases. Read more»

ICE and CBP agents in Nogales, Arizona in 2018.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will again limits arrests at schools, hospitals, and other "protected" areas under new guidelines issued Wednesday by the Homeland Security secretary, part of the Biden administration's effort to roll back Trump-era policies. Read more»

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, center, told the Senate Finance Committee he accepted the nomination to be the next Customs and Border Protection commissioner for the same reason he got into law enforcement decades ago, 'to make a difference.'

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus walked a fine line in a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, easily fielding questions from Democrats while telling GOP senators some of what they wanted to hear. Read more»

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

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will be able to continue using Title 42 to expel migrant families from the U.S. after a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. granted a request from the Biden administration to block a lower court's decision over the CDC policy. Read more»

Asylum seekers attempt to ask for protection at the Nogales port of entry on Saturday.

Hundreds of people gathered in Nogales to push the Biden administration to change a Trump-era policy that cites the COVID-19 pandemic and allow people to legally seek asylum at U.S. border crossings. Read more»

A Customs and Border Protection officer blocked Guatemalan migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on June 2, 2018. The man in the orange shirt said he also was turned back a day earlier, but his sons managed to reach the port of entry that day, separating the family.

Frontline U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and administration officials used the justification that port facilities were over capacity for processing asylum claims, including detention space - but records show that the capacity excuse often was untruthful. Read more»

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