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Arizona, other states band together against Biden immigration policies

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»

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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»

Yuma mayor says surging illegal migration is stressing local services

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»

Arizona Afghans relieved after Ducey’s refugee proposal, still worried

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»

2 years in, Mexican National Guard mission on border remains controversial

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»

Biden’s ambitious higher cap on refugee admissions unlikely to be met

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»

March saw record-high number of unaccompanied minors stopped at border

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»

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»

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»

Will Trump’s apportionment order take away an Arizona district?

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»

Immigration advocates criticize visa restrictions under Trump executive order

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»

Trump in Yuma to mark 216 miles of border wall, still a work in progress

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»

Critics say Trump order on immigration does little but stir up anxiety

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»

Critics call proposed ban on 'birth tourism' misdirected, unenforceable

Critics are calling a Trump administration plan to curb so-called “birth tourism” unenforceable at best and “rooted in misogyny, xenophobia and racism” at worst, and say it is targeting the wrong people.... 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»

‘Public charge’: How changes to federal guidelines could affect immigrants who rely on benefits

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to the so-called public charge rule have caused widespread confusion among immigrant communities across the U.S. Under the new policy, use of such benefits as food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid would be among the considerations used to determine whether immigrants are eligible for admission into the U.S. or to obtain a green card.... Read more»

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