Arizona's Immigration News

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Danny Shapiro

Democratic Arizona gubernatorial hopeful Marco Lopez says feds have failed at border

A Democratic Arizona candidate for governor with an expansive history around border issues says the federal government has failed to prevent what he called a "chaotic situation" in southern parts of the state.
16 hours ago
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, shakes hands as he leaves the House of Representatives f...
Associated Press

Arizona Gov. Ducey’s $14.2 billion budget proposal includes tax credits, border funding

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a tax credit for Arizona's working poor, the first time in his eight years of pushing tax cuts that he pitched a benefit targeted at the lowest-income taxpayers.
8 days ago
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Associated Press

Arizona lawmakers urge Gov. Ducey to use war power at border

A group of Republican state lawmakers and two former Trump administration officials called Wednesday on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to use war powers to repel what they call an “invasion" of migrants at the southern border.
9 days ago
A U.S. Border Patrol agent rides an ATV near the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales, Arizona. (File Ph...
Associated Press

Remains of 226 people found last year near Arizona’s border with Mexico

The number of suspected migrant deaths in Arizona's borderlands was little changed last year, figures released Tuesday show.
10 days ago
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Danny Shapiro

Ducey gets support of 11 Arizona sheriffs on plan to secure southern border

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gained the support of 11 county sheriffs for the draft of his plan to get the state's top politicians to join his efforts to secure the southern border.
10 days ago
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Danny Shapiro

Arizona Gov. Ducey promises busy 2022 with focus on education, border in State of State address

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised a busy 2022 and focused on improvements in education and border security during his eighth and final State of the State address on Monday.
12 days ago
Heston Silbert, right, at a Wednesday press conference in Yuma (Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)...
Danny Shapiro

DPS Director Silbert moved by hug from young migrant boy at Yuma border

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Col. Heston Silbert said he was moved by a hug from a young migrant boy during a press conference held near the border in Yuma on Wednesday.
1 month ago
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Danny Shapiro

Yuma declares local emergency over surge of migrants at Mexico border

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls proclaimed a local emergency Thursday over what he said is a surge of migrants entering the city at the Mexico border.
1 month ago
Bodies in bodybags are placed on the side of the road after an accident in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapa...
Associated Press

Survivors recall horror of Mexico truck crash that killed 55

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — Survivors of the horrific truck crash in Mexico that killed 55 migrants and injured more than a hundred recounted from their hospital beds how their location inside the truck determined who lived and who died. Those unlucky enough to be riding jammed against the fragile walls of the freight container […]
1 month ago
Pedestrians line up to enter the U.S. at the border checkpoint in Calexico, California, in this fil...
Kimberly Silverio-Bautista I Cronkite News

Neither side thrilled with immigration reforms in Build Back Better bill

Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough.
1 month ago
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KTAR.com

Magnus confirmed to lead US border agency; replacement chosen for Tucson police chief

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as the new head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
2 months ago
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Danny Shapiro

Ducey says Biden administration ‘does not care’ about border safety as Yuma crossings surge

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey blasted the Biden administration Tuesday during a visit to the border in Yuma, where officials say crossings are surging.
2 months ago
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Griselda Zetino

Arizona group ‘very disappointed’ US will again require asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

A faith-based organization in southern Arizona is “very disappointed” the Biden administration will reinstate the Trump-era program that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their court hearings.
2 months ago
FILE - Migrants leave Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2021, as they continue their trek no...
Associated Press

US will resume policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden administration reluctantly announced plans Thursday to reinstate the Trump-era policy and agreed to Mexico’s conditions for resuming it. Revival of the “Remain in Mexico” policy comes even as the […]
2 months ago
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Associated Press

Woman who ran Avondale stash house for migrants pleads guilty to human smuggling

A 43-year-old Phoenix woman who admitted supervising a stash house for migrants who entered the U.S. illegally awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a human smuggling charge.
2 months ago
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Torrence Dunham

Arizona AG Brnovich, 2 other states suing to stop DHS immigration guidelines

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is co-leading a lawsuit with attorneys general from Ohio and Montana to stop immigration enforcement guidelines recently issued by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
2 months ago
FILE - A woman seeking asylum in the United States waits with others for news of policy changes, Fr...
Griselda Zetino

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema supports adding immigration policies to spending bill

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said she supports adding protections for undocumented immigrants to the federal spending bill but has some reservations.
2 months ago
FILE - In this June 17, 2018, file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who...
Associated Press

US in talks to compensate families separated at border

The U.S. Justice Department is in talks to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to each child and parent who was separated under a Trump-era practice of splitting families at the border, a person familiar with discussions to settle lawsuits said Thursday.
3 months ago
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, bottom right, was briefed by Border Patrol agents at the Tucson sector hea...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Ducey says cartels using Uber-like system for human trafficking

Cartels in Mexico are using an Uber-like system as part of their human trafficking operations at the border, according to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
3 months ago
The border wall, seen here in Nogales, does little to stop drug smugglers. In fiscal year 2020, age...
Natasha Yee I Cronkite News

As marijuana profits fade, drug cartels increasingly smuggle fentanyl across the border

Although marijuana traditionally has been one of the most profitable cash cows for Mexican cartels, steady legalization of cannabis in U.S. states has prompted a change in course.
3 months ago
New citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in San Francisco in 2015....
Diannie Chavez | Cronkite News

Citizenship applications backlog leaves thousands with cases pending

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is dealing with a backlog of citizenship applications caused by pandemic service reductions.
3 months ago
FILE -- In this Feb. 19, 2021 file photo a woman seeking asylum in the United States waits with oth...
Associated Press

US plans to reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy next month

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s order. It hinges on approval of the Mexican government, which has raised concerns that U.S. officials are working to address, the […]
3 months ago
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a working breakfast with Mexican President AndrÈs ...
Kevin Stone

AG Garland briefed at border in southern Arizona, visits family of fallen DEA agent

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stopped for a briefing at the border while in southern Arizona on Thursday before heading to Mexico City to meet with high-level U.S. and Mexican officials.
4 months ago
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Kevin Stone

Arizona’s Doug Ducey joins GOP governors in Texas to propose border plan

Arizona’s Doug Ducey joined nine other Republican governors Wednesday in southern Texas to outline a 10-point border security plan they want the Biden administration to implement.
4 months ago