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Police: Sinema intentionally went into bathroom to dodge activists filming her at ASU

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation.... Read more»

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Neither side thrilled with immigration reforms in Build Back Better bill

Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough. ... Read more»

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. ... Read more»

In lieu of path to citizenship, advocates cheer immigration reforms in spending bill

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants. ... Read more»

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency.... Read more»

Undocumented students graduating from college are forming alumni support groups

To help pad the landing for graduates without citizenship, Yadira Hernandez founded the Undocumented Student Association of UCLA so that graduates could support each other, share tips for survival and develop clear pathways for those students who come next. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Feinman: In defense of the indefensible Kyrsten Sinema

"Of course Sen. Sinema is horrible, and of course she will sip mimosas and let DACA recipients and the working class eat cake before lifting one bejeweled ring finger to help them. But nothing about this is new, and nothing about this is news." — Joel Feinman... Read more»2

Protesters confront Arizona Sen. Sinema directly, she calls the move 'unacceptable'

Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs. ... Read more»

DACA leaders get silence from Sinema despite confrontations

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ignored Karina Ruiz, a local leader who advocates for immigrant communities, when the activist approached her on a flight to Washington, D.C., Monday to urge the senator to commit to passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»1

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. ... Read more»

Arizona groups demand Mark Kelly 'not hide' behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship

Members of the We Are Home coalition gathered near U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly’s office in central Phoenix Monday to urge the senator to find “whatever means” to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants following a Sunday parliamentarian setback.... Read more»

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. ... Read more»

Arizona Dems, youth call for historic pathway to citizenship package

Democratic elected officials from the Arizona legislature, the City of Phoenix and the Tempe Union High School district are urging President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents. ... Read more»

Dreamers fear deportation while being essential workers

About 1 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients are considered essential workers, and losing DACA status has become a big concern for those working jobs on the front line - from doctors to maintenance workers - during the pandemic.... Read more»

NAU cross-country runner cleared for Olympics after DACA status hurdle

A Northern Arizona University track and field athlete who has no immigration status succeeded at securing a special permission from the federal government on Monday to travel to compete in the Olympics Games in Tokyo and return to the U.S.... Read more»

DACA recipients’ future uncertain – again – after latest court ruling

A federal judge’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful - the latest in a string of reversals and renewals - should have no practical impact on more than 600,000 covered immigrants for now, but it is sure to have an emotional impact.... Read more»

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