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Border apprehensions hit all-time high of 1.7 million in FY 2021

Apprehensions at the southwestern border hit 1.7 million in fiscal 2021 - the highest in more than 60 years - but while the numbers can be shocking, they can also be misleading, since one migrant may try to cross the border several times but will show up repeatedly in the total.... Read more»

Census: Not sure it can exclude migrants, but wants to be left to try

The Trump administration said it does not know how many immigrants might be excluded from the Census under a 2019 presidential order, but it still urged the Supreme Court on Monday to overturn lower courts that blocked the proposal.... Read more»

Court halts Trump plan to exclude undocumented migrants from census

A federal court Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census, calling the order a clear violation of the law would cause lasting damage.... Read more»

Abrupt reversal of ICE rule lets int'l students in Az breathe easier

That ICE order that anyone here on a student visa would have to go home if their school was offering online instruction only this fall, announced just last week, was quickly challenged in court by 18 states and by universities across the country – including all three public universities in Arizona. ... Read more»

Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA

Arizona joined 12 other states this week that asked the Supreme Court to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that they say has caused “irreparable harm” to their states.... Read more»

Senate GOP steamrolls Democrats, gets immigration bill out of committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a Republican-backed asylum reform bill on a party-line vote last Thursday over the strident objections of Democrats, who were blocked from offering amendments to it.... Read more»2

Advocates vow Supreme Court ruling not last word on border wall funds

Immigration advocates are vowing to continue to fight the use of Defense Department funds for construction of a border wall, after the Supreme Court late Friday lifted an injunction on the funds transfer.... Read more»

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation.... Read more»

Mesa mayor, others blast plan to ask citizenship status on 2020 Census

Mayors worry that asking about citizenship on the upcoming census will have a chilling affect on responses but anti-immigrant groups disagree. ... Read more»

Trump's aim to end birthright citizenship draws backlash, skeptics

Arizona native Francisco Fernandez holds a college degree and a job with a nonprofit in the nation’s capital – none of which, he said, would have been possible without the citizenship status conferred on him at birth.... Read more»

Immigration courts backlog grows to record high, despite more judges

Immigration court cases waiting to be heard hit an all-time high of 607,755 in June – 10,031 of them in Arizona – despite the hiring of more judges and a Trump administration directive to expedite cases.... Read more»

Ex-head of anti-immigration group named ombudsman at U.S. immigration agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance. ... Read more»

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»

Activists chart alternative course for immigration reform

Backlash against get-tough immigration laws like SB 1070 led to a climate that makes it possible to push for alternative immigration reforms, activists said, including in-state tuition and driver's licenses. Those plans were attacked by critics as "practically amnesty." ... Read more»

Pima College targeted by ProEnglish group over classroom Spanish

A lawsuit alleging that a PCC student was unfairly suspended for objecting to others speaking Spanish in class is being supported by a spokesman for white nationalist and anti-immigration groups. Atlanta's Phil Kent has joined Tucson attorney and GOP activist John Munger to back the claims of student Terri Bennett.... Read more»4

Report: Illegal immigrants boost Arizona’s economy

A new report challenges the argument that illegal immigrants are a drain on Arizona’s economy.... Read more»1