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The most important border stories of 2019

For much of 2019, the borderlands endured the fallout from decisions made years earlier, as the Trump administration pursued the Migrant Protection Protocols, attempted—and failed—to prosecute a humanitarian volunteer for harboring two men in the country illegally, and continued to pursue the president's quixotic promise to build a wall along the southwestern border. ... Read more»

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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»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Compassion must guide vote on Pima County migrant shelter

"All of the questions related to funding are important. But the superior principle is compassion. That must guide the vote, and if it does we’ll see the agreement approved 5-0, to the great credit of Pima County's governing body." - Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»2

Photos: Shelter for asylum-seekers planned for empty county juvenile center

In a spartan, empty concrete yard hemmed in by block walls, Catholic Community Services' Teresa Cavendish sees a space that can be made "light and airy" with a community effort.... Read more»

Pima County provides more details on planned shelter for asylum-seekers

Plans to transform an unused section of the Juvenile Detention Center into a transitional shelter for newly released asylum-seekers are a good investment even if the flow of migrants slows down, said Pima County's Chuck Huckelberry. He also responded to questions posed by Supervisor Miller.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Miller: Pima migrant shelter would 'ensure community safety,' but plenty of questions remain

"If we don't act, it creates an unsafe situation for both residents and the individuals who have been released in our community," said Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller. But the Republican has questions about expenses, and funding.... 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

Pima supervisors to hold special meeting on migrant shelter at juvie center

At a special meeting next Monday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will review and potentially approve converting a vacant portion of the juvenile detention center into a shelter for asylum-seekers released by the federal government.... Read more»

County migrant shelter 'back on track' after Elias again supports project

Plans to turn an unused section of the Pima juvenile detention center into a shelter for released migrants are back on, 24 hours after heated debate led officials to order a halt to work.... Read more»

County stops work after clash over migrant shelter at vacant Pima juvenile center

Plans to turn an unused section of the juvenile detention center into a Catholic Community Services shelter for hundreds of released migrants have prompted debate, with activists calling the move a "non-starter," and supporters assailing "second-guessing that undermines the work."... Read more»7

Pima County to lease juvenile center for stop-over for asylum-seekers

Asylum seekers freshly released from federal custody may have a new place for respite as Pima County is set to turn over an unused section of the juvenile detention center to Catholic Community Services.... Read more»1

Punk with purpose: Hardcore band’s shows help flood of migrant families in Tucson

The Tucson hardcore quartet Crossfire uses lyrics and their shows to educate fans about issues that migrant and indigenous communities face daily.... Read more»

Tucson’s Benedictine Monastery is more than just a shelter for migrant families

The spacious sanctuary of the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson now holds more than pews: dozens of army green American Red Cross cots in clusters, strewn with stuffed animals, pop-up cribs and tattered children’s books in Spanish.... Read more»

Tucson Border Patrol bypassing ICE in releasing migrant families

Border Patrol released a small group of Central American families in Tucson this week, bypassing Immigration and Customs Enforcement because the agency increasingly cannot manage the large numbers of arriving families and unaccompanied children.... Read more»

Tucson motel shelters Central American migrants after release by ICE

While cold rain fell Thursday night, around 130 people from Central America took shelter at a Tucson motel after federal immigration officials asked local community groups to take them in, rather than have them released on the street. ... Read more»

A migrant's journey: Tracking the footsteps of a trip into the unknown

A father's story is symbolic of thousands of migrants leaving all they know for a chance at a better life and challenging odds.... Read more»

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