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A Border Patrol vehicle patrols the border between San Diego and Tijuana in this 2016 file photo. Lawmakers sparred at a recent House hearing over whether a surge at the border contributes to human trafficking.

U.S. House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration for fentanyl drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border - though most fentanyl is seized at ports of entry through screenings and not brought by migrants fleeing violence or economic hardship. Read more»

Immigration advocates have lobbied Democrats for weeks to pass a last-effort piece of legislation to give DACA recipients a permanent pathway to citizenship.

A decision on the legality of DACA - when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court - is not expected to be issued until 2024, and while Congress appears unlikely to take action, participants in the program are left uncertain if they will be protected from deportation. Read more»

A district court judge struck down the use of Title 42 in November, but a month later the U.S. Supreme Court decided to keep the policy in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue.

Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum and condemned the administration’s expansion of Title 42. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Goodyear, speaks at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference about border security.

An event dubbed “Border 911” - hosted by the group largely responsible for funding the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election - will take place on Saturday in Phoenix and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker and speakers connected to QAnon and hate groups. Read more»

Emergency workers spray down a Chevrolet Tahoe at the scene of a fatal crash involving a U.S. Border Patrol pursuit in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on July 27, 2022.

Come May, border law enforcement agents will be prohibited from engaging in vehicle pursuit solely on the grounds of a vehicle failing to stop at a checkpoint or yielding to an agent attempting to pull it over, in an attempt to reduce incidents that have led to dozens of deaths. Read more»

Voters in November said that undocumented high school graduates should be able to access in-state tuition at Arizona universities and receive state-funded financial aid. Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to create a scholarship program aimed at those students.

More than 3,000 undocumented Arizona students could see their dreams of a college degree come true under a new $40 million dollar investment proposed by Gov. Katie Hobbs, aimed at supporting Dreamers who’ve attended a high school in the state for at least two years.  Read more»

A woman holds paperwork, while standing in line at the Morley pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Son.

President Joe Biden, who made his first visit as president to the southern border, and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, offered competing versions of who’s to blame for a spike in illegal immigration - but both twisted some facts to fit their partisan narratives. Read more»

Volunteers serve coffee to migrants outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nogales on Tuesday.

With Trump-era pandemic restrictions known as Title 42 expected to possibly expire in February, cities along the Southern border - including Nogales and Yuma - are continuing to strategize and prepare for another influx of migrants. Read more»

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets U.S. President Joe Biden upon arrival in Mexico City on Sunday, Jan 8, 2023, ahead of the 2023 North American Leaders' Summit in this photo posted to López Obrador's Twitter account.

Although they touted common goals at the North American Leader’s Summit in Mexico City Tuesday, the presidents of Mexico and the United States revealed that their priorities are still not as aligned as their discourses try to make them appear. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs gives her inaugural State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2023.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs called for collaboration between Republicans and Democratic lawmakers during her first state of the state speech Monday as some Republicans turned their backs on her and others walked out of the room to show how they felt about her policy plans.  Read more»

President Joe Biden descends from Air Force One as he arrives for his first official visit to the border on Sunday, Jan. 8.

President Joe Biden arrived in El Paso Sunday for a three-hour visit at a time when the city has been the focal point of a national debate over how the United States deals with immigration. Read more»

Biden emphasized that his new efforts are not enough to fix the country’s immigration problem. He said it is up to Congress to do more to adopt reforms. 

President Joe Biden offered new solutions to curb illegal immigration, announcing restrictions to expel more asylum seekers while slamming Republicans in Congress for not doing more.  Read more»

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on April 26. On Thursday, Paxton’s office sued the Biden administration over its new rules governing the 'public charge' law for immigrants.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Thursday against President Joe Biden, accusing his administration of nullifying a federal law that prevents immigrants from obtaining a green card if they are likely to depend on government social services. Read more»

The president’s potential border visit comes after the U.S. Supreme Court recently ordered the Biden administration to keep in place the emergency health order known as Title 42.

President Joe Biden intends to visit the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since he took office during his trip to Mexico City next week, but has yet to say which part of the border he plans to visit or reveal the date. Read more»

Nonviolent offenses had the most significant percentage reduction while the number of people charged with violent crimes increased.

According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, federal arrests declined by 35 percent from fiscal year 2020 to 2021, ending at the lowest number of arrests in two decades - but the number of people charged with a federal offense decreased less than 1 percent.  Read more»

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