Border and immigration news

DOJ lawsuit says shelter for migrant children has a pattern of sexual abuse and harassment

Jul 19, 2024 The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a non-profit with a facility in Tucson, alleging its employees have subjected the unaccompanied migrant children in their care to severe, pervasive, and unwelcome sexual abuse and harassment.

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

Jul 19, 2024 Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

Number of migrants entering Arizona lowest in 3+ years

Jul 16, 2024 New federal data shows that the number of migrants crossing the southern border into Arizona has fallen to fewer numbers than the state has seen since February 2021, keeping with the trend across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Shadow Wolves may see better career mobility under new bill

Jul 15, 2024 Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema introduced new legislation that would both improve border security and the retention of Shadow Wolves agents.

Judge says border security ballot proposal is constitutionally sound

Jul 15, 2024 A Maricopa County judge ruled that a broad Republican-backed border security proposal could seek approval from voters in November.

Judge closes door to new trial for Arizona rancher in fatal shooting of Mexican man

Jul 10, 2024 The judge said justice would not be served by letting prosecutors wait for a tactical advantage to retry Kelly.

Border Patrol continues to discard bulk of migrants’ belongings

Jul 8, 2024 In the first part of a two-part series, Danyelle Khmara explains one of the challenges migrants who cross the border into Arizona are facing — as more people are quickly removed from the country under Biden’s recent limit on asylum.

Pima County heat-related deaths in June topped 2023's totals

Jul 8, 2024 Days with high temperatures also saw a notable increase from the previous year.

Smuggler receives 10 years after leaving woman in borderlands to die

Jul 3, 2024 A federal judge in Tucson sentenced a human smuggler to 10 years in prison for crimes that include an incident ending in the death of a young mother after he left her in the desert.

Scorching heat in the US Southwest kills three migrants in the desert near the Arizona-Mexico border

Jun 28, 2024 The U.S. Border Patrol reported Friday that the bodies of two men, ages 44 and 18, and a 17-year-old girl were found in the desert.

ASU and UCLA launch Latino Data Hub Action Lab to empower, educate policy advocates

Jun 28, 2024 New initiative harnesses census data to inform policies impacting Latino communities in Arizona.

Homeland Security says border arrests fall more than 40% since Biden's halt to asylum processing

Jun 26, 2024 Border Patrol’s average daily arrests over a seven-day period have fallen below 2,400 from before President Joe Biden’s proclamation took effect June 5.

Immigration rising issue among Latino voters in Arizona

Jun 25, 2024 A new poll finds that immigration and the border are rising priorities among Latino voters in Arizona and other swing states that could play an important role in the November elections.

Next phase of new Douglas port of entry approved

Jun 25, 2024 The decision comes after nearly two years of environmental review.

Analysis counts toll of Arizona fentanyl crisis at $58 billion

Jun 24, 2024 A new report calculates the direct and indirect costs of the fentanyl crisis to Arizona’s economy at $58 billion last year.

Change in asylum rules creates influx of migrants in Sonora shelter

Jun 18, 2024 A migrant shelter in Nogales, Sonora, is having a large increase in migrants being returned to Mexico after crossing the border into Arizona, including many families and children.

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