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Here’s what KTAR News learned about immigration in 2019

Dec 23, 2019, 4:15 AM | Updated: 1:36 pm

PHOENIX — Earlier this year, KTAR News 92.3 FM brought you “Arizona’s Immigration Crisis,” an in-depth, multifaceted look into how migrants from Central American countries overwhelmed federal and local resources at the U.S. border with Mexico, as well as in the Phoenix metro.

Thousands of migrants — men, women and children — had been detained in overcrowded federal facilities in the Border Patrol’s Yuma and Tucson sectors. Agents spent thousands of hours transporting the sick among them to hospitals for treatment. Once the migrants got out, churches and charity groups took them into their makeshift shelters to feed them and help them on their journeys to relatives, friends and sponsors for citizenship they had in the U.S.

Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, humanitarian groups, activists for migrants and elected officials had different takes, opinions and solutions for the situation.

But they all agreed on one thing: Arizona and the U.S. had humanitarian crisis on their hands.

Since KTAR News’ tour of Yuma and the San Luis Port of Entry in late March, federal policies changed to have migrants wait for asylum hearings in Mexico and their home countries.

All sides say the crisis has subsided — for now.

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Here’s what KTAR News learned about immigration in 2019