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Goldman: Freedom's beacon dims: A guide to being a refugee in 2022

If you doubt that the U.S. beacon of light needs a fresh bulb, ask any Ukrainian seeking safety from Putin’s tyranny. The immigrant family stares blankly at a wall. A nightmare stands before them.... Read more»

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Goldman: Ukraine refugees prompt question: Who is a 'deserving migrant'?

You cannot pick or choose which immigrant or migrant is more deserving. Every immigrant deserves a fair process and an opportunity to be heard. If you support displaced Ukrainians, you should be supporting a system that provides this opportunity for any immigrant. ... Read more»

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Goldman: This Thanksgiving give thanks to immigrants

This Thanksgiving every American should all be thankful for immigrants. Immigrants are the artery that keeps the heart pumping in this country.... Read more»

Citizenship applications backlog leaves thousands with cases pending

More than 11,000 U.S. citizenship applications currently pending in Arizona - nearly double the backlog of 6,307 cases at the end of 2015 - and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the backlog comes from delays caused by pandemic service reductions last year.... Read more»

Trump orders 60-day immigration halt due to CV-19

President Trump said Tuesday that he will halt immigration to the U.S. for the next 60 days, blocking most people from the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues here. ... Read more»

'Insane' immigration bonds: Spiraling costs, Trump policies strain migrant families

As crowded immigration courts and detention centers hit records, officials seek skyrocketing payments to release migrants, or flat refuse relief. A Tucson woman faced a bond of $43,500 — last decade, such bonds cost about $50. ... Read more»

Arizona advocates, immigration lawyers call SCOTUS asylum ruling 'devastating' and a 'death knell'

A day after the Supreme Court decided to allow the Trump administration to deny asylum to immigrants who reach the southwestern border without seeking refuge in another country, immigration lawyers and advocates denounced the the policy. ... Read more»

Sinema pushes for streamlined reviews for asylum seekers

Sen. Krysten Sinema joined eight other senators in pressing immigration officials to spin up a pilot program that would streamline the asylum review process, and allow the Trump administration to deport migrant families within 15 days. ... Read more»

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

Courts and a deadlocked Congress keep DACA program uncertain but applications numbers are soaring as a deadline imposed by the Trump administration nears.... Read more»

DACA supporters protest in Tucson following Trump's move to end program

Furious with the cancellation of DACA, 150 people protested at Tucson City Hall on Tuesday, vowing to "resist" the Trump administration and push lawmakers to protect thousands from deportation. ... Read more»

Trump administration: DACA ending in March

The Trump administration ordered an end Tuesday to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama action that shields about 788,000 people from deportation, and pushed Congress to replace the policy with a legislative fix before March 5, 2018. ... Read more»

Trump will revoke DACA in 6 months, punts to Congress for fix

The Trump administration is expected to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in six months, passing the issue to Congress for a fix while fulfilling a long-term promise made to hardline supporters of the Republican president. ... Read more»

Immigration courts backlog grows to record high, despite more judges

Immigration court cases waiting to be heard hit an all-time high of 607,755 in June – 10,031 of them in Arizona – despite the hiring of more judges and a Trump administration directive to expedite cases.... Read more»

Advocates, DHS officials caution that DACA future still up in the air

Buried in a Homeland Security memo last week twas a single line saying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “will remain in effect,” raising hope among the 800,000 recipients. But DHS officials said this week that eliminating DACA is still a very real possibility. ... Read more»

House OKs McSally bill to waive lie detectors for some Border Patrol applicants

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. Rep. Martha McSally's bill comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Trump’s plan to hire an additional 5,000 agents.... Read more»1