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Arizona groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”... Read more»

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In Tucson, Supreme Court immigration decision will come down to families

Two women, who recently faced the separation of their families through deportation, voice their support of two executive immigration policies under review by the U.S. Supreme Court following oral arguments Monday. ... Read more»

Rosa Robles Loreto leaves sanctuary of Tucson church after 461 days

Surrounded by a packed house of supporters and reporters in a Tucson chapel, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto thanked her family, her lawyer and advocates for helping her endure 461 days of sanctuary as she avoided deportation at Southside Presbyterian Church.... Read more»2

Tucson woman marks one year in sanctuary

One year after entering a Tucson church to avoid being deported, an immigrant woman and the community that supports her marked the anniversary. In a small room at a South Tucson church, Rosa Robles Loreto counts the things she's missed: The birthdays of her two sons. Their baseball games, too numerous to count. Her anniversary with her husband.... Read more»

Six months later, undocumented woman still waits in sanctuary

Rosa Robles Loreto has waited for six months for immigration officials to offer a stay of deportation order, living in sanctuary in a Tucson church. She has been anchored to a small room on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church, spending her days and nights there because the church is a safe harbor.... Read more»

Photos: Thanksgiving in sanctuary

Members of the congregation of Southside Presbyterian Church held Thanksgiving with Rosa Robles Loreta and her family, breaking bread Thursday with a woman who has been in sanctuary for more than 100 days while facing a deportation order.... Read more»

New immigration order may not cover Tucson sanctuary cases

Immigration officials have refused to grant Francisco Perez Cordova a stay of deportation despite his being the father of five U.S. citizens. He remains in sanctuary at a Tucson church.... Read more»

Undocumented woman marks 100 days in sanctuary in Tucson church

For 100 days, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has stayed on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, waiting and hoping for some reprieve from the deportation order that sent her into sanctuary in August. Supporters and faith leaders marked the stretch of time Saturday morning.... Read more»6

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Sanctuary movement in Tucson may give refuge to third immigrant

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case. ... Read more»

City Council asks feds to close sanctuary case

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to ask the White House and Homeland Security to close the deportation case against Rosa Robles Loreto, who has been in sanctuary at a Tucson church for nearly 50 days. ... Read more»2

Rally to push deportation stay for woman in sanctuary at Tucson church

Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto rallied Thursday to urge immigration officials to change a decision to deny a her stay of deportation, holding a vigil in front of Tucson's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office.... Read more»1

Tempe church giving sanctuary to man fighting deportation

A Tempe church has offered sanctuary to a 24-year-old Guatemalan who said he came to the U.S. in 2007 on a work visa that was later revoked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ... Read more»1

Undocumented family goes into sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian

Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their two sons entered the Tucson church Thursday to the applause of around 100 supporters and more than a dozen religious leaders from around the city. ... Read more»

Southside Presbyterian set to offer sanctuary to Mexican woman

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

Activists decry, TPD chief defends use of pepper spray during protest

The day after an immigration protest led to the use of pepper spray and pepper balls, immigration activists met in the chapel of the Southside Presbyterian Church to voice their frustration with the Tucson Police Department and Chief Roberto Villaseñor.... Read more»2

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