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COVID again closes Tucson's Catholic churches

The Bishop of Tucson has called off most indoor church services, including Sunday mass, until at least February 5, due to the substantial increase in the number of COVID-19 infections and crowding in local hospitals.... Read more»

Tucson Catholics cancel Sunday mass during Lent over coronavirus

The Bishop of Tucson has called off most church services, including Sunday mass, until at least April 6, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.... 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 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

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

Guest opinion

Tucson bishop: Not-guilty verdict 'deeply troubling' in border shooting death

Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson: "Yesterday's deeply troubling jury decision related to the Border Patrol agent stationed in the Nogales area, who fired multiple shots across our border with Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy on October 10, 2012, raises serious issues of justice and accountability."... Read more»