Arizona's Immigration News

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 […]
15 hours 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.
8 days 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.
10 days ago
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2021, file photo Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United State...
Associated Press

Biden caught between allies and critics on border policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is caught between a hard place and an even harder one when it comes to immigration. Biden embraced major progressive policy goals on the issue after he won the Democratic nomination, and he has begun enacting some. But his administration has been forced to confront unusually high numbers of […]
17 days ago
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Peter Samore

Yuma sees biggest year-over-year migrant spike as temporary shelters make a comeback

Temporary tent shelters have reopened in Yuma as migrants from the Caribbean and South America resulted in a 1,038% surge in apprehensions year-over-year through the sector, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
24 days ago
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins advocates for Puerto Rico, which still suffers ...
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Dems, backers face uphill immigration path after Senate blow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats launched an uphill fight to rescue their drive to help millions of immigrants remain legally in the U.S., their pathway unclear and the uncertainty exposing tensions between party leaders and progressive groups demanding bold results. Lawmakers and advocacy organizations said Monday they were already weighing fresh options, a day after […]
25 days ago
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Arizona Gov. Ducey, 25 others ask for border meeting with President Biden

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and 25 other Republican governors Monday asked to meet with President Joe Biden soon to discuss southern border policies they say require "immediate action."
26 days ago
Refugees from Afghanistan are escorted to a waiting bus after arriving and being processed at Dulle...
Griselda Zetino

Valley group ready to welcome refugees fleeing Afghanistan

A local resettlement organization is ready to roll out the welcome mat for Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover.
2 months ago
FILE - In this July 5, 2021 file photo, Honduran Alex Cortillo, left, and his stepbrother pull thei...
Associated Press

Mexico: help for US on migrants “can’t go on forever”

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president again sidestepped questions Thursday about the reinstatement of the U.S. “Remain in Mexico” policy. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico will continue helping the United States on immigration. But he noted “it can’t go on forever,” and said attention must turn to development in Central America so people […]
2 months ago
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Man driving fake Border Patrol vehicle arrested near Tucson

A man wearing a fake U.S. Border Patrol uniform and driving a bogus patrol vehicle has been arrested in southern Arizona, accused of attempting to smuggle migrants into the country, authorities said.
2 months ago
FILE - Migrants waiting to cross into the United States wait for news at the border crossing Wednes...
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Supreme Court orders ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy reinstated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S. With three liberal justices in dissent, the high court refused to block a lower court ruling ordering the administration […]
2 months ago
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Monsoon flooding damages border wall gates in Arizona

Several metal flood gates in the newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in easternmost Arizona were ripped off their hinges last week by flooding from unusually heavy monsoon rains, authorities say.
2 months ago
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Federal judge settles lawsuit on potential environment harm at border

A federal judge in Arizona on Monday settled a lawsuit filed against the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, saying the agencies failed to study potential harms to the environment from increased enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border.
2 months ago
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Torrence Dunham

Gov. Ducey extends Arizona National Guard deployment at border for 1 year

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday he is extending the Arizona National Guard deployment at the border for one year.
2 months ago
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, called for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to re...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Ducey calls for Homeland Security secretary to resign

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday called for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign as southern border apprehensions soar.
2 months ago
FILE - In this June 25, 2021 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas talks to th...
Associated Press

US security officials in Mexico for migration talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior members of President Joe Biden’s administration met with counterparts in Mexico Tuesday for talks on addressing illegal migration to the U.S., according to the White House. National security adviser Jake Sullivan and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas led the delegation to meet with senior Mexican government officials about working jointly to […]
2 months ago
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Griselda Zetino

NAU track star and DACA recipient to compete in the Olympics

Northern Arizona University track star and undocumented resident Luis Grijalva's request to travel to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics was approved on Tuesday through protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program.
3 months ago
FILE - In this June 15, 2021, file photo, a Border Patrol agent watches as a group of migrants walk...
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US says order coming this week on border asylum restrictions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about how migrant children are treated under a public health order that has prevented people from seeking asylum at the nation’s borders, a Justice Department attorney said Tuesday. The comment by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Stoltz […]
3 months ago
In this May 19, 2021 file photo the border wall stretches along the landscape near Sasabe, Ariz. Th...
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Increase in migrant deaths recorded amid heat along Arizona border

The bodies of an unusually large number of migrants who died in Arizona's borderlands are being recovered this summer amid record temperatures in the sun-scorched desert and rugged mountains.
3 months ago
A family of asylum seekers from Cuba go around an open section of wall at the US-Mexico border to t...
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Wyoming considers aiding border effort in Arizona, Texas

Wyoming's governor is looking at how his state might send National Guard troops or other help to bolster security at the Mexico border in Arizona and Texas.
3 months ago
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Torrence Dunham

Sen. Sinema of Arizona emphasizes need for technology after border visit

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona emphasized the need for more technology at the border after a visit Tuesday to the nation's busiest port of entry.
3 months ago
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, left, looks at a map track...
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Migrant kids play, watch TV in what US calls ‘model’ shelter

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Teenage boys chased down soccer balls on grassy fields. Dormitory beds were organized into small pods with a TV in each section. Some kids laid on the cots reading, while others played cards nearby with caseworkers. The Biden administration on Friday gave a rare look inside an emergency shelter it opened […]
4 months ago
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Griselda Zetino

20 years later, undocumented Arizona immigrants still hopeful of DREAM Act

A generation of undocumented immigrants in Arizona and across the country have, for two decades, longed for the DREAM Act to provide them a path to citizenship.
4 months ago
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Russian man shot at Arizona border gets time served for illegal reentry

A Russian immigrant who once staged a monthlong hunger strike at an Arizona detention center and was shot months later during a struggle with a federal agent near the Mexican border was sentenced Tuesday to time served for illegally reentering the United States after he was deported.
4 months ago