Border and Immigration

County discontinues contracts to migrant services

Mar 6, 2024 Pima County is discontinuing contracts for services to the more than 2,500 asylum seekers a day, who have been released by Border Patrol. Federal dollars are running out as Congress has yet to agree on more funding for border communities.

Hobbs vetoes immigration bill

Mar 4, 2024 The bill is similar to a Texas law put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

More than $2 billion paid to bond people out of immigration detention; highest amount in Eloy

Mar 4, 2024 People seeking the release of migrants detained for crossing the border have paid more than 2 billion dollars in bonds since 2017. A recent report shows that collectively the highest amount paid was in Eloy, Arizona.

Diocese of Tucson seeks donations to continue migrant services in wake of funding cliff

Mar 1, 2024 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson and Casa Alitas are asking community members to consider donating to help asylum seekers in Tucson as federal dollars run out and street releases are set to begin on April 1.

The Buzz: What can states do at the US-Mexico border?

Mar 1, 2024 Federal law rules the land when it comes to border enforcement, but local governments can help.

Arizona lawmakers pass bill some compare to controversial SB 1070

Feb 28, 2024 On Wednesday, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would make it a state crime to enter the country unauthorized.

Officials and nonprofit partner to offer free immigration advice

Feb 26, 2024 The Consulate of Mexico in Nogales is partnering with Chicanos Por la Causa to offer free immigration advice and advice on pathways to US citizenship for community members.

Judge to decide whether to hear case against Arizona gun dealers for alleged part in gun trafficking to Mexico

Feb 21, 2024 A lawsuit by the Mexican government against five Arizona gun dealers has its first hearing Thursday in federal court in Tucson. The suit alleges the dealers caused Mexico harm by trafficking guns across the border from the U.S.

Diverse community comes together to clean up rural highway

Feb 20, 2024 Every year people of different ideologies come together in Southern Arizona for the highway cleanup from Three Points, through the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and to Sasabe and the always changing border.

Hobbs on Senate's failure to pass Bipartisan Border Security Package: "It is incredibly unfortunate and frustrating."

Feb 15, 2024 The Q & A was hosted by the Sky Islands Regional Partnership — formerly known as the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce

Migrants in Sasabe stuck in freezing temps overnight, including families

Feb 13, 2024 Hundreds of migrants waited through the night near Sasabe over the weekend through snow and freezing temperatures.

Mexican families fleeing violence grows exponentially in Tucson Sector

Feb 12, 2024 The number of Mexican families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border grew nationwide in 2023, but nowhere is that more true than in Arizona’s Tucson Sector where the number of Mexican people in a family grew from 8,500 in 2022 to more than 120-thousand.

Families coming to US border greatly increases in 2023

Jan 29, 2024 In 2023 the number of families coming to the U.S.-Mexico border greatly increased. Nowhere on the southern border is that truer than in Arizona’s Tucson Sector where the number of family members increased from about 24,000 people to more than 220,000.

December breaks record for migrant apprehensions

Jan 27, 2024 New data shows that December was a record for the number of times Border Patrol apprehended migrants entering the US unauthorized, with the highest number being in the Tucson Sector at more than 80,000 apprehensions.

Sinema says details on border-foreign aide negotiations likely out next week

Jan 25, 2024 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says details on border-foreign aid package likely out next week and will include funding for migrant services such as Tucson’s Casa Alitas, a quicker process for asylum claims and changes to manage large groups arriving at the border.

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