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CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... 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»

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»

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

Border Patrol quickly expelling most detained migrants in Az under CV-19 policy

Just 12 people have been held for longer than 48 hours in Tucson Sector custody over the last 30 days, as the agency increasingly relies on a provision employed during the outbreak of COVID-19 that allows agents to immediately expel most people back to Mexico.... Read more»

Trump admin appeals judge's order on 'punitive' conditions in Border Patrol holding cells

Trump administration officials appealed a federal court order that blocks the Border Patrol in Arizona from holding people longer than 48 hours in conditions that are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution."... Read more»

Judge: Border Patrol's detention conditions in Az 'violate the Constitution'

A federal judge ruled that conditions at Border Patrol's stations near Tucson are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution," issuing a permanent injunction barring the agency from holding anyone more than 48 hours. ... Read more»

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women testified that they were served bad food and their medical needs were ignored while they endured squalid conditions in Border Patrol facilities as a lawsuit over the treatment of detained migrants continued.... Read more»

Trial begins in drawn-out lawsuit over Border Patrol treatment of detained migrants

An expert witness called overcrowding at Border Patrol detention facilities "simply unacceptable" during testimony Monday as part of a 2015 lawsuit alleging that people are crowded into squalid, freezing cells while in the agency's custody. ... Read more»

ACLU sues to halt 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Three civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration's plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

DHS: Asylum seekers will be returned to Mexico as cases reviewed

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Thursday that people who seek asylum in the United States may be returned to Mexico for "the duration of their immigration proceedings." ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

Advocates, Arizona settle federal lawsuit over SB1070

Advocates and Arizona officials have agreed to restrict the remaining parts of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, ending a lawsuit that began in 2010. Police officers cannot prolong a stop solely to conduct immigration checks and cannot use race or ethnicity as a basis to suspect that someone is in the country without authorization. ... Read more»1

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

Watchdog agency 'spot' inspecting ICE, BP facilities

Homeland Security's Inspector General said that since March, investigators have reviewed 57 different facilities run by CBP and three facilities used to detain families maintained by ICE, following criticism from immigrant rights groups and complaints received through a hotline service. ... Read more»

Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

Following persistent criticism that immigrants face harsh conditions while in custody, Customs and Border Protection has issued new standards for the treatment of detainees at Border Patrol stations. While advocates praised the agency's transparency, serious questions remain about the agency's accountability and oversight measures. ... Read more»