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Migrants head back to Mexico after being encountered by Border Patrol agents near Sasabe in March 2020, shortly after the start of Title 42.

Migrant and asylum seeker flows have become increasingly hemispheric in nature and as a result, U.S. enforcement policies long directed toward arrivals from Mexico and Northern Central America are misaligned—underscoring the need for new regional approaches. Read more»

DACA supporters and opponents agree on one thing: The program will always be in danger unless Congress acts on immigration reform. DACA recipients were among those protesting in Washington in this 2017 file photo, when the Trump administration first tried to end the program that protected more than 770,000 undocumented immigrants.

The Biden administration reaffirmed its commitment Tuesday to DACA, officially posting regulations to extend the 10-year-old program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. Read more» 1

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

Since President Joe Biden took office, Republican-led states have filed some 27 lawsuits or appeals seeking to block immigration actions taken by the administration, with at least 15 multistate efforts by Republican attorneys general. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants on the southern border in fiscal 2021, an all-time high. This photo from June 2019, a year before that latest surge began, shows 120- to 150 migrants who were apprehended near McAllen, Texas, shortly after crossing the Rio Grande River into the U.S.

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»

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls, center, said the rise in illegal immigration is stressing health care and nonprofit aid services in his town. Nicholls was taking part in a forum organized by GOP lawmakers in Washington, along with former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan, left, and Bristol County, Mass., Sheriff Tom Hodgson.

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told a Washington forum this week that the rise in illegal immigration is stressing health care and the nonprofits that help migrants in his town, and he’s worried the situation will only get worse. Read more»

A total of 823 Afghan civilians – 640 adults with 183 children sitting in their laps – pack the hold of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as they flee Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday. The passenger count of 823 is a record for the C-17.

Phoenix resident Naqibullah “Nakib” Isaczai welcomed Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement that Arizona will accept refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – but still worries that the U.S. response will be too little, too late. Read more»

The temporary processing facilities in Donna, Texas, February 25, 2021, constructed to safely process family units and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) encountered and in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The future border role of Mexico's National Guard - deployed under threat by former President Donald Trump in 2019 amid a surge in migration from Central America - remains a concern for human rights groups and a bargaining chip for the Mexican administration. Read more»

A family in a Lebanese refugee camp in a 2013 file photo. After years of cuts under the Trump administration, President Joe Biden said this month that he wants to raise the cap on refugee admissions, but few – including Biden – expect to come near the limit this year.

President Joe Biden’s decision to raise this year’s cap on refugee admissions from a historic low of 15,000 to as many as 62,500 will not happen, as "we are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years,” according to a White House statement. Read more»

A woman and young girl wait to be processed by Customs and Border Protection officials after being apprehended at the southern border in March. The majority of migrants are still turned away at the border as a COVID-19 precaution.

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged in March to one of the highest monthly totals on record, and the almost 19,000 unaccompanied youth stopped there set a record, the latest data shows. Read more»

Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protest at the United Food and Commercial Workers building in Phoenix on Sept. 5, 2017, the day the Trump administration said it was ending DACA. On Friday, a federal district judge ordered the program restored – a ruling the administration said it will appeal, despite having lost once already at the Supreme Court.

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»

Border Patrol agents intercept immigrants near Eagle Pass, Texas, in this photo from August 2019 – the end of one of the busiest years for border apprehensions, with more than 977,000. Since then, apprehensions have fallen by half, a drop many experts to impacts from COVID-19.

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»

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on June 18, 2016.

Several states, counties and cities – including Phoenix – have filed a lawsuit challenging the move by the Trump administration to exclude the immigrants from the constitutionally mandated population count. There are at least three other similar lawsuits, NPR reported. Read more»

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday suspending H-1B, L-1, J and other temporary work visas until the end of the year, while also extending the hold on green cards for new immigrants. Read more»

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor takes notes during work on the border wall near Yuma last month. The bulk of the $15 billion budgeted for the border wall to date has come from the Defense Department.

President Donald Trump is set to visit Yuma Tuesday to celebrate the completion of 216 miles of border wall, well shy of the 450 miles he has pledged to have built by the end of this year. Read more»

President Donald Trump said his executive order suspending some forms of immigration for 60 days is meant to protect jobs for American workers during COVID-19. But experts say it does little more than what has already been done to tighten immigration.

President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration in the face of the coronavirus will “not have much of an effect” on the jobs the president said he’s trying to protect, experts on both sides of the issue said last week. Read more»

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