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Az’s undocumented population declines 14% since 2009

Arizona's undocumented population has declined by 14% in the last decade, according to new data released by the Center for Migration Studies.... Read more»

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FactChecking claims about asylum grants and immigration court attendance

A study published last year in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review found that “88% of all immigrants in immigration court with completed or pending removal cases over the past eleven years attended all of their court hearings.” ... Read more»

Arizona AG demands Biden roll back deportation halt, but validity of Trump admin deal is questioned

Arizona's Attorney General Mark Brnovich demanded the Biden administration stick to an agreement signed by Homeland Security officials in the final days of the Trump administration, which requires the federal government to consult state officials before implementing new immigration policies.... Read more»

Backlog of deportation cases more than doubled under Trump, tops 1.2 million

After four years of the Trump administration, the number of pending deportation cases in the nation's immigration courts has more than doubled, to more than 1.2 million, and the average wait time for a hearing is now 4.5 years. ... Read more»

Maricopa County jail still a top recipient of ICE detainers

A jail operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continues to be a top destination nationally for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to take custody of people arrested for alleged misdemeanors and felonies.... Read more»

Immigrant advocates ask DHS watchdog to protect ICE detainees from COVID-19

Advocacy groups filed an oversight complaint Thursday, arguing there is a "systemic failure" at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect thousands of detained migrants from coronavirus. ... Read more»

Hundreds join 'COVID safe' protest caravan outside Eloy immigration detention center

More than 100 cars and trucks circled for hours Friday, carrying honking and cheering protesters, outside of a private immigration detention center in Eloy, demanding that ICE release hundreds of migrants before they contract COVID-19. ... Read more»

Trump plans to collect DNA from nearly a million immigrants despite charges it violates privacy

Pilot projects could lead to the Trump administration storing genetic material from children as young as 14 years old in the name of fighting crime. ... 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»

Pima County families can spend $24k — often more than a year's earnings — to fight immigration cases

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

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White House delivered terrible day in trio of federal immigration lawsuits

The Trump administration faced a trio of losses in federal courts Friday, as judges blocked plans to fast-track deportations, undo a long-standing agreement on the detention of migrant children, and barred the agency from relying on a flawed database to detain people held by local law enforcement.... 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»

Employers escape sanctions, while undocumented risk lives & prosecution

Over a 12-month period ending in March, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers and only three received any jail time. Companies prosecuted for undocumented employees: zero.... 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»

Gov't shutdown cancels nearly 43,000 immigration hearings, including 1K in Arizona

Nearly 43,000 immigration hearings cancelled because of the government shutdown will mean a years-long "avalanche" that will clog courts for years, a federal immigration judge said.... 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»

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