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Sara Launius, the inaugural program director for the city's Community Safety, Health & Wellness program.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero announced Wednesday that Sarah Launius — former chief of staff for Ward 3 — has been tapped to lead the city's new Community Safety, Health and Wellness program. Read more»

A Mexican man waits for his appointment during a Keep Tucson Together event at Pueblo High School to get legal advice about his wife's immigration case.

Immigration arrests can cost Tucson families more than a year's wages in direct and indirect expenses, and more than half of these cases begin with a local law enforcement agency, a study found. Read more» 1

The 12 immigration activists pose for photo just outside of the courtroom after a judge dismissed four charges against them and found them not guilty of a fifth during trial Tuesday

Most of the charges lodged against 12 immigration activists for their role in an October 2013 protest against Operation Streamline were dropped by a Tucson judge on Tuesday. Read more» 2

Jose Tornez sits with Maryada Vallet at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora. Vallet is on trial for her role in a Oct. 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying around 70 immigrants bound for federal prosecution under a controversial federal program called Operation Streamline.

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»

Rosa Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their youngest son, Jose Emiliano watch President Obama's speech on Thursday at Southside Presbyterian Church.

While President Obama pressed Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday, attorney Margo Cowan was planning new legal pathways to blunt deportation orders for the two people now in sanctuary at Tucson churches. Read more»

Updated: Unless her deportation order is delayed or canceled by immigration officials by Friday, a Tucson resident will take sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church. Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto is a Mexican national who has lived in the United States since 1999. She would be the second person the church has offered refuge this year. Read more» 1

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, center, with his wife Karla and his son Carlos, holds his stay from a March deportation order he received Monday from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

After nearly a month in sanctuary at a South Side Tucson church, Daniel Neyoy Ruiz was granted a stay in his deportation case Monday. Neyoy Ruiz, his wife Karla, and their 13-year old son have been living at Southside Presbyterian Church since May 13, when a removal order issued by Immigration and Custom Enforcement went into effect. Read more» 3

Behind a rank of police officers, an activist chained herself along with two others to a bus carrying people slated for an immigration hearing under Operation Streamline.

A four-hour protest Friday led authorities to halt Operation Streamline deportation hearings as activists stopped two buses carrying people to immigration hearings in Tucson. Protestors chained themselves to the buses, with more blocking the gate of Tucson's federal courthouse. 18 were arrested by Tucson police. Read more» 3

Six women, dressed as death, turn toward the federal courthouse and display crosses inscribed with the names of immigrants who died in the Sonoran Desert over the last decade.

Even as some advocates in Washington D.C. celebrated the U.S. Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill, the inclusion of new security requirements has prompted activists in the borderlands to protest the bill's passage. About 50 protestors gathered Thursday, calling it a "jobs bill for the military" and a "slap in the face" that will lead to an increase in civil rights abuses and more deaths along the border. Read more» 1