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TucsonSentinel.com's best photos of 2021

Some of the best photos published by the Tucson Sentinel in 2021. ... Read more»

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American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for migrants seeking asylum

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule.... Read more»

Backed by lawyers & faith leaders, asylum-seeking families call for end to COVID restrictions at border

Hundreds of people gathered in Nogales to push the Biden administration to change a Trump-era policy that cites the COVID-19 pandemic and allow people to legally seek asylum at U.S. border crossings.... Read more»

Arizona groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”... Read more»

DHS secretary ends 'Remain in Mexico' border policy

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced the end of the Trump-era "Migrant Protection Protocols," which forced thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims wind through the immigration court system. ... Read more»

COVID-19, faltering economy cited as border numbers plummet for 2020

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border fell sharply in fiscal 2020, a drop analysts attribute in large part fears of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic havoc left in its wake.... Read more»

Asylum-seekers in Arizona sent back to Mexico as Trump's 'Migrant Protection Protocols' expands

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin sending migrants detained in Arizona back to Nogales, expanding the controversial "Migrant Protection Protocols" to Arizona, Trump administration officials announced Thursday. ... Read more»1

Report: 636 violent attacks on migrants under ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

A new report claims there have been 636 violent attacks on asylum seekers returned to Mexico under a Trump administration policy, with close to half of those incidents coming in just the last two months. ... Read more»

Family apprehensions at border fell below adults apprehended in October

For the first time in at least a year, more adult immigrants were apprehended at the southern border than families, according to October apprehension numbers released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Researchers blocked from aiding Salvadoran teen at border until GOP rep. weighs in

University of Texas researchers say a high-ranking U.S. border official refused them entry and sent them back to Piedras Negras, Mexico — straight into the arms of Mexican authorities who threatened to arrest them on smuggling charges.... Read more»

Denounced as 'broken' years ago, CBP discipline system still not fixed

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.... Read more»

Confidential documents show CBP prepping for lawsuits over new asylum limits

Leaked document: Customs and Border Protection is preemptively preparing for a lawsuit over a controversial new plan that will send asylum seekers from Central America back to Mexico while their cases wind through the immigration system.... Read more»

Deported mother temporarily reunited with kids in Mexico

After a whirlwind 48 hours during which she was detained, deported and taken to a migrant shelter in Mexico, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was temporarily reunited with her children.... Read more»

Immigration activists on trial for 2013 Streamline protest

Twelve immigration activists are on trial for their role in an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants bound for a federal court for prosecution through a fast-track process, Operation Streamline, that some say is "assembly-line justice." They're using their case to again voice their reasons for protesting.... Read more»

Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.... Read more»

Initiative eases transition to Mexico for those deported through Nogales

Deported after 25 years in the United States on domestic violence charges, Jose Castellea stepped off a bus at the Nogales border gate eight days ago with only the clothes on his back and a few belongings. “The first time you’re scared when you’re here in Mexico,” Castellea said. “Now, well I have to be here the rest of my life.”... Read more»

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