Arizona's Border & Immigration News

Migrants who had crossed the Rio Grande river into the U.S. wait to be processed by U.S. Border Pat...
SuElen Rivera

Arizona politicians react to judge ruling Title 42 asylum restrictions must continue

Arizona politicians on Friday reacted to a judge's decision to not end Title 42, a pandemic-related border restrictions that prevents migrants from seeking asylum in the United States on grounds of halting the spread of COVID-19.
2 days ago
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) meets with a Border Patrol official in Douglas, Arizona, in April ...
Kevin Stone

Here’s what Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona wants to see before Title 42 is lifted

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona said there will be chaos at the southern border if Title 42 ends before the government is prepared to address the surge of migrants expected to follow.
4 days ago
Money sent home to Mexico from workers in Arizona – remittances – continued a steady rise, even...
Emily Sacia I Cronkite News

Arizona remittances to Mexico continued to surge through pandemic

The economic upheaval of the pandemic did little to slow the amount of money sent home to Mexico by workers in Arizona, with those payments growing faster in 2020 than at any point the past nine years.
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Phoenix man sentenced over 6 years in prison for human smuggling resulting in death

A Phoenix man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in human smuggling that resulted in death. 
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For now, judge leaves migrant pandemic limits in place for Arizona, 23 other states

Arizona and 23 other states await a judge's ruling on their challenge to the Biden administration's plan to end pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum.
9 days ago
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Kevin Stone

Candidate Marco Lopez calls Gov. Ducey’s plan to bus migrants to DC ‘failed leadership’

Democratic Arizona gubernatorial candidate Marco Lopez dismissed Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to bus migrants to Washington, D.C., as “a big distraction.”
9 days ago
Border Patrol officers supervise migrants boarding a Border Patrol bus on May 5, 2022 in Roma, Texa...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says state will offer migrants transportation to Washington

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced several new border-related actions on Wednesday, including a plan to send some asylum seekers to Washington, D.C.
11 days ago
Kevin Stone

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema unconvinced after grilling DHS officials about Title 42 plans

During two hearings with Homeland Security officials this week, U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona expressed doubts that the Biden administration is adequately prepared for the aftermath of the end of Title 42.
16 days ago
FILE - Border wall separating Mexico, left, and the United States, cuts through through the Sonoran...
Associated Press

Migrant woman who got tangled up on border wall in Arizona choked to death

An autopsy says a Mexican woman found hanging on the border wall in southern Arizona choked to death in an accident when she became entangled in climbing gear.
17 days ago
FILE -  In this Sept. 17, 2019 photo, a U.S. border patrol officer directs a Nicaraguan migrant fam...
Associated Press

US quietly expands asylum limits while preparing to end them

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration has begun expelling Cubans and Nicaraguans to Mexico under pandemic-related powers to deny migrants a chance to seek asylum, expanding use of the rule even as it publicly says it has been trying to unwind it, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. struck an agreement with Mexico to expel […]
18 days ago
Haitian migrants stand at the border wall in Yuma on Dec. 10, 2021, after traveling from South Amer...

Southern Arizona sheriff says border security equipment going to waste

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said Tuesday that some equipment purchased to make the border more secure and improve safety for migrants isn't being used.
19 days ago
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Taylor Tasler

New law cracks down on human smuggling and child sex crimes in Arizona

A new Arizona law hopes to prevent tragedies like the smuggling-related crash near Casa Grande last week that killed three people.
19 days ago
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Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona: Biden administration plan for end of asylum limit is not sufficient

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona last week in a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas criticized the Biden administration’s plan to handle an expected increase of migrants at the southern border as a potential end to a public health ban on asylum seekers nears.
20 days ago
FILE - A Mexican smuggler guides a Haitian family across the Morelos Dam over the Colorado River fr...
Associated Press

Arizona files another challenge to Biden administration border policy

GOP efforts to stop the Biden administration from changing how asylum claims on the U.S.-Mexico border are handled widened Thursday as Texas and Arizona asked courts to block policies.
24 days ago
FILE - A migrant waits on the Mexican side of the border after United States Customs and Border Pro...
Associated Press

Federal judge halts preparations for end of US asylum limit next month

A federal judge ordered a two-week halt Wednesday on the phasing out of pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum — and raised doubts about the Biden administration's plan to fully lift those restrictions on May 23.
25 days ago
FILE - A Customs and Border Protection vehicle waits for a group of Nicaraguan migrants as they wal...
Associated Press

US preps for even busier border amid lifting of health order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration released a plan Tuesday to deal with an expected increase in already high numbers of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border from the planned lifting of a public health order that prevents people from seeking asylum — and that Republican and some Democratic lawmakers insist should be kept in place. […]
26 days ago
A man from Nicaragua sits at a shelter for migrants Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. T...
Associated Press

High court could free Biden to end Trump asylum policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned lower-court orders that have blocked the Biden administration from ending a controversial Trump-era immigration program for asylum-seekers. Questions from conservative and liberal justices during nearly two hours of arguments suggested that the court could free the administration to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy that forces […]
26 days ago
FILE - Migrants rest in a dormitory of the Good Samaritan shelter in Juarez, Mexico, March 29, 2022...

Arizona AG Brnovich seeks restraining order against Biden administration over Title 42

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday filed a request for a temporary restraining order that accuses the Biden administration of prematurely ending enforcement of the Title 42 border policy.
1 month ago
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Here’s what Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey had to say on border strike force, water, wildfires

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey discussed the new border strike force, water, wildfires and more in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
1 month ago
In an aerial view, immigrants gather along the U.S. border wall after crossing through a gap in the...

SW Arizona border crossings nearly 6 times higher than last year

Migrant crossing attempts are surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, but the largest increase by far is in southwestern Arizona, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
1 month ago
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey holds a press conference at the southern border in December 2021. (Twitter ...
Kevin Stone

Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey helps launch 26-state border strike force

Republican governors in 26 states, including Arizona, launched a border security coalition that aims to provide “solutions to the failure of the federal government.”
1 month ago
FILE - Migrants rest in a dormitory of the Good Samaritan shelter in Juarez, Mexico, on March 29, 2...
Associated Press

Migrant crossings spike as US plans to lift curb on asylum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at the highest level in two decades as the U.S. prepares for even larger numbers with the expected lifting of a pandemic-era order that turned away asylum seekers. Immigration authorities stopped migrants 221,303 times along the Southwest border in March, a 33% increase from a […]
1 month ago
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Woman dies after getting stuck upside down on Arizona-Mexico border wall

A woman died Monday after getting stuck upside down on a border fence while trying to climb into Arizona from Mexico.
1 month ago
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Griselda Zetino

Mesa church helps migrants released by immigration officials

A church in Mesa is once again welcoming migrants released by immigration officials, with about 50 arriving per week over the past two months.
1 month ago