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DHS head limits ICE operations at 'protected sites'

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will again limits arrests at schools, hospitals, and other "protected" areas under new guidelines issued Wednesday by the Homeland Security secretary, part of the Biden administration's effort to roll back Trump-era policies.... Read more»

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CBP turned away asylum seekers, claiming they didn’t have room for them. It often wasn’t true.

Frontline U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and administration officials used the justification that port facilities were over capacity for processing asylum claims, including detention space - but records show that the capacity excuse often was untruthful.... Read more»

After judge blocks DACA, advocates call on Senate to pass American Dream and Promise Act

After federal judge's blocked new DACA applications, advocates are demanding Congress pass bills to grant work permits and protect more than 644,000 people from deportation — including about 35,000 in Arizona alone. ... Read more»

Trump administration deported migrant parents without reuniting them with children

Trump administration officials took little care to determine whether immigrants parents wanted to be reunited with their children before deportation, and instead relied on a haphazard, inconsistent process that lacked "clear guidance," a federal watchdog said.... Read more»

TPD Chief Magnus gets Biden nod to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection

President Joe Biden is nominating the head of Tucson's Police Department, Chris Magnus, to head the parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol. Magnus was an outspoken critic of Trump administration border policies.... Read more»

Auditor says DHS knew 'zero-tolerance' would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated families. More than 3,000 children were separated from their families, and one advocate said this week that 611 children are still in custody years later.... Read more»

Dreamers in Arizona have mixed feelings about Biden’s immigration plan

President Joe Biden's plan to reform the U.S. immigration system includes preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and outlines a path to permanent residence and citizenship for its recipients, but some immigrants remain skeptical about the future.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump's big border failure the perfect ending to a lousy presidency

Trump's four-year jihad of malevolent rage against illegal immigration barely made a dent in the numbers of undocumented border crossers. News flash: He was bad at his job.... Read more»

Immigration advocates hail order reinstating DACA; DHS promises appeal

The Trump administration said Monday it will abide by a court order – for now – to start accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications, a move that could affect an estimated 682,000 undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Young immigrants in New York file new challenge to protect DACA

A group of immigrants in New York have asked a federal judge to invalidate a July 28 memo that restricts DACA, and force the government to again process first-time applications, advance parole requests, and renewals under the terms of the original immigrant protection program.... Read more»

Trump administration again moves to dismantle DACA

The Trump administration moved to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which currently protects about 644,000 'Dreamers' from deportation, in a move that flouts a federal court order that required new applications to be accepted. ... Read more»

USCIS not taking new DACA applications, despite court order

The federal government is currently not accepting new applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, despite a federal court’s order Friday that it resume doing so.... Read more»

Supreme Court upholds DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration violated the law when it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that give work permits to about 644,000 people and protects them from deportation—including about 35,000 people in Arizona alone. ... Read more»1

Investigation

Trump admin knew migrant children would suffer from family separations, but ramped up practice anyway

Newly obtained government documents show how the Trump administration’s now-blocked policy to separate all migrant children from parents led social workers to frantically begin tracking thousands of children seized at the southern border and compile reports on cases of trauma.... Read more»1

Justices concede likely impact of DACA ruling, still question program

The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with the push to end the DACA program, with some justices suggesting that the Trump administration’s justification for the move was flimsy and did not take into account its full impact. ... Read more»

Advocates chant ‘home is here’ as Supreme Court hears DACA challenge

Hundreds of protesters crowded the street outside the Supreme Court Tuesday, chanting “si, se puede” and “home is here” as justices inside the court weighed the future of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

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