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Pima County plans transport for asylum-seekers from remote Border Patrol stations

As Pima County continues to host asylum-seekers after their release from Border Patrol stations in Southern Arizona — including t35 people over the weekend in Ajo — Administrator Chuck Huckelberry proposed a contract to drive migrants outlying areas to shelters in Tucson.... Read more»

'Crisis' looms at Pima migrant shelter; Feds are 'ill-prepared' to help county with COVID issues

Pima County may be facing another shelter crisis for migrants, and officials are pushing for federal funding to help deal with COVID-19 issues. According to a letter from Arizona's senators, the Border Patrol's capacity in Arizona is already strained.... Read more»

CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive.... Read more»

Pima County expects to aid 12,000 asylum-seekers in 2020; continues to seek federal funding

Pima County expects to assist about 12,000 asylum-seekers in the coming year, and are seeking more than $1 million in federal funding to "compensate" for the costs of a migrant shelter — which are running about half of July's projection.... Read more»2

Trump admin blocks Pima County request to shift Stonegarden funds to migrant aid

Federal officials have rejected a request by Pima County to use part of an Operation Stonegarden grant for humanitarian aid, including funding for a migrant shelter hosted at a section of county's juvenile detention center.... Read more»1

Pima County shelter opens doors to 400 legal asylum-seekers

After weeks of controversy, a Tucson shelter for asylum-seekers quietly opened its doors two weeks ago and has hosted about 400 people, after the former wing of the juvenile detention center had been "significantly remodeled." ... Read more»

Pima supervisors OK converting juvie center wing to shelter for asylum-seekers

On a 3-2 party line vote, Pima County supervisors approved moving a Catholic-run shelter for released migrants into a vacant wing of the juvenile detention center — but not before hearing dissension over the plan from other groups that work with migrants.... Read more»

Pima County seeks to redirect $100K/mo in Stonegarden funds to migrant shelter

Pima County is asking that more than a half-million dollars in Operation Stonegarden money be directed toward humanitarian aid for asylum-seekers. County Sheriff Napier said he backs the shelter, "even if it all came out of overtime."... Read more»2

Committee, cops union split on pick for TPD chief

A citizens panel that interviewed the three finalists to become the next Tucson police chief made a clear choice Thursday, but expressed reservations about the lack of local candidates. The police union, meanwhile, was lukewarm at best about all three potential top cops, with the least support evident for the committee's first choice. ... Read more»3

Advocates allege inadequate care by prison health contractor

The American Friends Service Committee alleges that a private health care company contracted by the Department of Corrections has delayed inmate care, failed to provide medication and hasn’t offered any treatment at all to some needing it.... Read more»

Groups: Pinal jail among 10 worst immigration detention centers

Alleging poor sanitation, abuse and lack of due process, the Detention Watch Network recently called on ICE to terminate its contract with Pinal County Adult Detention Center, saying it ranks among the 10 worst immigration detention facilities in the country.... Read more»

'Stealth governing': Transparency missing in Az Legislature

Arizona’s legislative session this year was as hard to track as a Stealth bomber, even for many Capitol regulars. Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, but lawmakers are short-circuiting the public process.... Read more»