PHOENIX – During the farmer’s market on Saturdays outside Phoenix Public Market downtown, Rodain Abo Zeed sets up a quaint stand filled with falafel, fattoush, pastries, kubbeh and stuffed zucchini. Attendees stroll by under the afternoon sun, gazing at her exotic, hand-made Syrian dishes. Rodain’s Syrian Kitchen is still a relatively new business. And although.
PHOENIX – After years of riding the school bus to and from school in south Phoenix, Angelica Beltran Cuevas noticed she was battling for breath. “It just got so bad at times that I had to go to the hospital. I couldn’t breathe anymore,” she said. Beltran Cuevas was diagnosed with asthma in the third.
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LIMA, Peru – Federal authorities face the daunting task of assessing how Peru’s economy and labor market can absorb the more than 700,000 Venezuelans who have fled their country and resettled here in the past few years. Adding to the challenge is an estimate by the International Organization for Migration that the number could grow.
LIMA, Peru – It’s evident from the way he imitates the dance crew’s moves that 5-year-old Christopher Diaz loves to dance, just like his father. But right now, Francisco Diaz isn’t dancing simply for the love of it – the Venezuelan immigrant is dancing to survive. Like many others, Diaz left his home looking to.
LIMA, Peru – Venezuela’s “brain drain” could have benefits for Peru, which has absorbed more than 700,000 Venezuelan immigrants over the past three years and suffers a serious shortage of medical professionals. But difficulties navigating the recredentialing process have prevented many Venezuelan doctors from using their skills in their new home. Dr. Jaime Parra, 37,.
LIMA, Peru – Sulaida Ramirez Davila sat in a support group for those with AIDS and HIV, like her son, Rafael Olivares. Tears welled up as she recalled her decision three years ago to leave Venezuela and Olivares. “I was separated from family … from my son, with the state of health he was in.
LIMA, Peru – Public schools across the country, already pressured by poor infrastructure and inadequate resources, face further strains from the sudden and overwhelming influx of Venezuelan schoolchildren. Education officials said they expected 34,000 Venezuelan children to enter public school at the start of the school year in March, up from 26,000 last year. In.
LIMA, Peru — “Will anything be done against the Venezuelan criminals who enter Peru?” reads the Twitter post. “I have read hundreds of news stories where they are involved in big robberies and MURDERS. Where are the rights of the Peruvian? Will they continue to protect these criminals? WILL YOU DO SOMETHING?” “Venezuelan threatens a.
GANADO – At precisely 6:55 each school day morning, Freddie Yazzie puts his bus in gear and cautiously pulls out of the bus yard beside the Ganado Unified School District main campus. For 26 years, Yazzie has driven school buses for this quiet Navajo community, and in that time, he shaped his role beyond that.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA – One works at a college, another runs an Airbnb. A third works with landscapers and contractors. But once a month, the three have one thing in common: They search for the remains of migrants who died trying to cross the southern U.S. deserts. Aguilas del Desierto is a nonprofit group in San.
LIMA, Peru – When Jesus Manuel Gomez crossed the border from Ecuador into Peru in February 2018 after traveling 1,300 miles from Venezuela, his life changed markedly. In Venezuela, he was an accomplished lawyer with specialized training. “I am a lawyer with much responsibility, with a postgraduate degree in agrarian and environmental law,” said Gomez,.
LIMA, Peru – Many of the more than 700,000 Venezuelans who have fled to Peru have arrived with next to nothing: a backpack, perhaps, carrying a toothbrush, a change of clothes and, most important, a cellphone. For most, their phones are lifelines. “The Venezuelan has broken, has finished with that old adage that the best.
TUCSON – An 11-year old girl from El Salvador coughs into the sleeve of her purple hoodie while Dr. Anna Landau presses a stethoscope to her chest. She struggles to hear the child’s heartbeat over the cries of other sick children in the hallway but is determined to find a diagnosis. “Todo se escucha bien,”.
LIMA, Peru – Mirna Lajoa wants to eat. Carmen Castillo wants a place for her family to live. And Mary Salazar just wants a set of bed sheets that will fit her mattress. These women are part of what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls the largest mass migration in the history of.
PHOENIX – Wildlife advocates say animals like the jaguar are at risk if President Donald Trump builds his planned border wall, with one group this week denouncing the administration’s Jaguar Recovery Plan calling it “inadequate.” “This so-called recovery plan won’t do anything to help the jaguar, so the threats to its survival and recovery will.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Mexico has long been Arizona’s top trade partner. Now, for the first time, our southern neighbor is also the No. 1 trade partner with the United States. In January and February of this year, trade between Mexico and the U.S. accounted for $97.4 billion in imports and exports. That’s about 15 percent.
WASHINGTON – A border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened to send armed soldiers to the border in response. Trump was reacting to an April 13 incident when a handful of soldiers encountered each other south of.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Wednesday that it will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma. The move was quickly attacked by lawmakers and environmental activists, who accused the administration of.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico – In a spacious house in downtown Hermosillo a few weeks back, workers were scraping old paint from the walls, getting them ready for a fresh coat. The property is at the tail-end of a transition from a family home to a coworking space, one that also will feature a salon, rooftop common.
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MEXICO CITY – You’ve probably seen, or used, these two-wheeled vehicles for rent. They’re electric shared scooters, an exciting device for many, but a dangerous one for others. Like in metro Phoenix, electric shared scooters arrived in Mexico City with disruptive technologies and concerns. While some see in them innovation and an opportunity to fight.
TUCSON – Dozens of families and children file into the wooden pews of the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson. A small child wearing a white men’s XL T-shirt clenches his mother’s hand while another plays peek-a-boo. They sit inside the historic monastery’s spacious sanctuary – some gazing up at the grand dome and the four-pillared marble.
EL PASO – On any night in El Paso, there are volunteers and residents scouting the streets for stranded migrants in need of assistance after being recently released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection. Doris Reimer is one of those El Paso residents who has taken to the streets in recent.
Updated Thursday, April 18, 2019 YUMA – Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it. In the past three weeks, nearly 1,300 migrants from Guatemala,.
NOGALES – More than 370 articles on the Nogales International online news archive contain the word “sewage,” and that archive only dates to 2001. These articles reveal a long history of broken pipes, sewage overflows, industrial waste and more. Sewage in Ambos Nogales – “ambos” is Spanish for “both,” referring to the twin cities in.
NOGALES – Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday inspected the border fence that separates this border city from its Mexican neighbor and blamed Democrats for inaction on what the Trump administration calls a “security and humanitarian crisis.” Standing with Gov. Doug Ducey near the razor-wire-strewn steel fence that separates the cities, Pence called on Democrats.
PHOENIX – The Pentagon announced late Tuesday it has awarded about $1 billion for replacement border fence projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money was divided between two projects. The Pentagon awarded a Montana company $187 million to replace a segment of steel fence in Yuma and awarded a Texas company a far larger contract,.
PHOENIX – Vice President Mike Pence returns to Arizona on Thursday, this time to tour the Border Patrol station in Nogales and get a look at a border wall that has been a point of conflict between the Arizona city and federal authorities. Pence’s trip was announced Monday, just days after President Donald Trump visited.
WASHINGTON – Frontline border officials told a Senate committee Tuesday that the crisis at the southern border is real and that “something has to change” to combat the growing number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The testimony came as Customs and Border Protection released new numbers that showed apprehensions at the southern border.
NOGALES, Mexico – Wastewater containing raw sewage has been intermittently flowing into the Nogales Wash from Mexico since mid-January, spurring concerns about health and the water supply for communities on both sides of the border. Four of the five pumps at the Los Alisos Wastewater Treatment Plant in Nogales, Mexico, have been malfunctioning since mid-January,.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump may have backed off his threat to close the border, but business leaders said Monday there is a very real slowdown in crossings after the redeployment of Customs and Border Protection officers. Then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last week ordered 750 CBP officers pulled from ports and sent to assist.
WASHINGTON – To Kit Danley, the solution to the border crisis requires more than just politics: It requires that Americans “choose love instead of fear, and long to see Jesus in the faces of the most vulnerable” who show up at the border. Danley, president of Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, made the comments during a.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress which he said has been playing politics with the border issue. Ducey’s comments came after a brief meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, who threatened last week to close the.
WASHINGTON – Customs and Border Protection said it is stopping Sunday inspection of commercial trucks at Nogales in order to shift officers elsewhere on the border, sparking an outcry from produce companies who fear damage to the time-sensitive industry. The cut comes as the Trump administration has ordered CBP to redeploy 750 officers from ports.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump repeated threats Monday to deal with a surge of migrants by closing the U.S.- Mexico border, a move that has been called a potential “economic catastrophe” for Arizona. The threat came late last week, as Customs and Border Protection said it had 12,000 immigrants in custody – double what it.
PHOENIX – Eunique Yazzie quit the best job she’d ever had after her male co-workers repeatedly called her “native candy.” “It was destroying who I thought I was,” she said. Yazzie, a single mother who works full time, was emotional after reflecting on her experiences with racism. She was one of dozens who attended a.
EL PASO – As the surge of migrant families at the border continues, federal officials and local organizations continue to struggle in their efforts to process and shelter all those arriving in El Paso in huge numbers. Although the temporary detention camp under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge has been closed and the people.
PHOENIX – Sen. Martha McSally reiterated her support for stronger border security at a closed-door roundtable meeting Monday but stopped short of supporting President Donald Trump’s threats to shut down the southern border if Mexico doesn’t stop migrants from entering the United States. She also called on Congress to close “loopholes” that she said have.
YUMA – As a congressional and potential legal battle over the reappropriation of $1 billion in military funds to construct 57 miles of new border fencing heats up in Washington, residents and workers in this corner of Arizona expressed mixed emotions over the effectiveness and necessity of additional barriers. All the while, the number of.
TUCSON – Since she was a child, Martha Sosa has learned life lessons from the films that demonstrated them to her. “I’ve always been a very keen cinephile, thanks to my dad, whose way of talking to us was through films,” Sosa said. “I got a very deep relationship with the cinema experience through watching.
PHOENIX – The 100 or so migrants, ranging from toddlers to elders, were hungry, thirsty and did not know where they were as they stood outside a Greyhound bus station last week. Dropped there by immigration authorities, they were awaiting the next step to reunite with their families. “They’re in unsanitary conditions on dirt, rock.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall continued to inch forward this week, as the Democrat-controlled House failed Tuesday to block the border emergency declaration that let the Pentagon approve $1 billion in wall work Monday. The Defense Department said it was tapping a counterdrug activities fund to let the Army Corps of Engineers.
PHOENIX – Among the hundreds of attendees at the jobs fair at Desert Sky Mall, Terry Hardy stood taller than most and carried a bag full of handouts from employers. Hardy has lived in the Phoenix village of Maryvale for the past 30 years and attended the fair seeking to get back into the workforce.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Maricopa County’s claim that it should not be held liable for the actions of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a racial profiling lawsuit. The high court, without comment, let stand a 2018 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said “when Arpaio.
TUCSON – When war broke out in Bosnia Herzegovina, Nejra Sumic was forced to do what more than 3 million people have done since 1980: flee to the United States. During the tumultuous 1990s in Bosnia Herzegovina, Sumic says, her family was persecuted for practicing their Muslim religion and forced to uproot their lives. “We.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status. The 5-4 decision upheld a law that directs the Department of Homeland Security to hold immigrants without bail after their release from jail on.
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has identified $150 million for military construction projects in Arizona that could be tapped to fund a border wall, with a $30 million project at Fort Huachuca the likeliest target in the state. The Arizona projects were part of $12.9 billion in projects nationwide from which the Defense Department said it.
PHOENIX – In their first official public appearance together in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena discussed the depths of Arizona-Mexico ties and stressed the importance of ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is meant to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Bárcena told a luncheon of.
TOLLESON – The number of migrants dropped off at Revolution Church in Tolleson has nearly doubled since last December, Pastor Raul Salgado estimates. Migrants are being dropped off by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after they have applied for asylum and are waiting for their cases to be heard. They usually stay two or three.
TEMPE – United, they mourned, coming together in Arizona in a vigil to show that love triumphs over hate. Muslims. Jews. Christians. Lawmakers and civil rights activists. Hours after 50 people were gunned down and dozens were injured in a terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, Arizonans spoke of overcoming hate.
WASHINGTON – Backed by sheriffs and members of “angel families,” including three from Arizona, President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a bill that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. “I knew this day would come, you know, that he would do something that proves to all of us.
WASHINGTON – A House committee voted Wednesday to rescind the law that lets the secretary of Homeland Security waive regulations that get in the way of a border wall, a move critics say is used increasingly by the Trump administration. The 17-12 vote by the House Homeland Security Committee split along party lines, with Democrats.
WASHINGTON – House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other programs. The Dream and Promise Act, which would also apply to recipients of Deferred Enforced Departure status, would give DACA recipients conditional.
WASHINGTON – A Trump administration plan to limit public assistance for legal immigrants simply “passes the buck down to cities who are going to have to figure out how to pay” for the lost benefits, local officials were told Monday. At a National League of Cities conference, a panel of officials from around the country.
PHOENIX – The audience watched in awe as models wearing ornate, handmade gowns with intricate trimmings walked the runway. Camera flashes illuminated their robes, inspired by styles from around the world. The HOPE Couture Global Fashion Experience provided the backdrop for this world of fashion last month. Held at MonOrchid on Roosevelt Row north of.
NOGALES – Despite record seizures of fentanyl at U.S. ports of entry on the southern border, a rise in overdoses is forcing law enforcement officials in some border communities to change their tactics, emphasizing information and public engagement, as well as drugs to reverse opioid overdoses. Customs and Border Protection officers on Jan. 26 found.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split down party lines Tuesday as the House voted 245-182 to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of national emergency at the southern border. Trump said the declaration is needed so he can shift $6.7 billion, most of it from the Defense Department, toward construction of a border wall after Congress budgeted.
TUCSON – On the corner of 12th Street and Sixth Avenue, several Venezuelans stood with arms linked, singing along to an acoustic guitar and dancing against a vibrant backdrop of large yellow, blue and red flags. “Cese de la usurpación, gobierno de la transición y elecciones libres,” they chanted Saturday. “Cease the usurpation, transitional government.
NOGALES – Customs and Border Protection officers in late January seized a record 245 pounds of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, at the bustling commercial crossing in Nogales. A bust officials attribute to the use of technology and alert officers while on the job. Officers at the Mariposa Cargo Facility, one of four ports of.
TUCSON – The City Council voted Wednesday night to support Nogales in its fight with the Homeland Security Department and the military over concertina wire strung along the border fence that runs through town. The council voted 7-0 to back Nogales in its demand that federal authorities strip concertina wire from the steel fence separating.
TUCSON – Federal misdemeanor charges have been dropped against four humanitarian aid workers who faced criminal convictions for their work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Caitlin Deighan, Zoe Anderson, Logan Hollarsmith and Rebecca Grossman-Richeimer no longer face federal charges, but each has been fined $250, No More Deaths said in a release Thursday..
TEMPE – In biting cold on a recent Saturday, a group of people huddled underneath the solar panels on parking lot 59 at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. They waited to take their pick from a cornucopia of zucchini, squash, watermelons and peppers that had been trucked in and piled onto tables. Produce on Wheels.
PHOENIX – Sixteen states have filed suit against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration last week, but Arizona isn’t among them. The attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Michigan filed a complaint on Monday opposing the national emergency declaration,.
WASHINGTON – Hundreds gathered outside the White House Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, a move the protesters called a “massive abuse of presidential power.” “Stop the fake emergency. Defund the deportation force,” said Cristina Jiménez, co-founder of United We Dream and one of the event’s.
PHOENIX – President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to redistribute government funds to build his long-sought after wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but some legal experts question whether it’s constitutional. “So we’re going to be signing today, and registering, national emergency and it’s a great thing to do, because we have an.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers’ reaction to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national border security emergency Friday split along party lines, with Democrats blasting the move as “fear-mongering” that sets “a dangerous precedent.” But Republicans praised the president for taking action they said is needed to “protect American lives.” Trump’s declaration came just hours after.
PHOENIX – Demand for Valentine’s Day roses at the flower wholesaler where José Durazo works has spiked in recent years, and he and his co-workers are scrambling to get the fragrant blooms to florists across the city. “Over the past three years, I know that the flower shops are expecting more customers,” said Durazo, who.
WASHINGTON – Jessica Rubio remembers it all “happened super fast.” Her brother was standing outside their Phoenix apartment at 5 p.m. when ICE agents arrested him. By 3 a.m. the next day, he had been deported back to Mexico, ending six years of living in the U.S. That was 2011, one year before the Deferred.
NOGALES – The City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve a resolution condemning the recent addition of concertina wire along the border fence within Nogales city limits. The resolution demands that Customs and Border Protection immediately remove the wire. It also states that the city’s development code bans the use of this type of.
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department said it will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to support Customs and Border Protection officers by stringing razor wire, helping operate mobile surveillance equipment and other support activities. The 90-day deployments will bring the number of active military on the border to 4,350, an announcement.
TUCSON – Sue McConnell cries almost every time she tells the story. In 2012, she stood in a small county courthouse in Kelso, Washington, with other people seeking to change their legal names. After hearing their individual cases, the judge dismissed the group and a clerk came out with a stack of legal documents containing.
TUCSON – Tucson has been at the forefront of the sanctuary movement since the early 1980s, when organizers at the Southside Presbyterian Church began providing refuge for asylum-seekers fleeing civil conflict in Central America. But Tucson has never officially declared itself a sanctuary city, as San Francisco did in 1989, becoming the first municipality to.
WASHINGTON – Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said a border wall would do “very little” to stop the flow of drugs, most of which come in to the U.S. through ports of entry. Estrada’s comments came after a conference call hosted by the National Immigration Forum in which political and law enforcement authorities from.
WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials told House lawmakers Tuesday that there’s nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the Mexican border, calling it in line with similar deployments under previous administrations. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood and Vice Adm. Michael Gilday opened their testimony to the House Armed Services Committee by saying the.
PHOENIX – Effective immediately, asylum seekers who enter the United States illegally through the southern border now will have to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through an extremely backlogged immigration court system. The Trump administration made the announcement late Thursday and with it, a sharp pivot in its asylum policy The.
TEMPE – U.S. diplomats were expelled from Venezuela on Friday, days after members of the Venezuelan community in Arizona rallied to show support for the man they now call Venezuela’s legitimate president, Juan Guaidó. “¡Fuera Maduro! ¡Guaidó es nuestro presidente!” the crowd chanted in Spanish. “Maduro out! Guaidó is our president!” The demonstration echoed a.
TUCSON — More than a decade ago, No More Deaths volunteer Dan Millis left plastic water jugs in the desert for migrants crossing the Mexican border into the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Federal authorities charged him with littering in 2008, and he was found guilty by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco. Millis’ case was.
Updated Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. TUCSON – Four humanitarian aid workers were found guilty Friday of misdemeanor charges involving leaving aid in a restricted area of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. After a three-day bench trial, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco found No More Deaths volunteer Natalie Hoffman guilty of all three charges.
FORT DEFIANCE – The trip was about more than a 300-mile journey to play a nationally televised game against a ranked opponent. The Arizona State women’s basketball team also viewed its November excursion to the Navajo Reservation as a time to embrace Navajo culture. “Just hearing the stories that we’ve heard today and weeks before.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it. “I think there’s misconceptions about what the wall is,” Milstead said Friday in Washington. “It’s not.
NOGALES – Billions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables cross the border from Mexico into the United States every year. Now, legislators in Florida are proposing a bill they say would protect U.S. produce growers from unfair Mexican trade practices. But opponents of the legislation say it would be bad for consumers. The bill.
UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. – Michelle Sherman was 5 when she realized she was different. “I remember seeing two guys holding hands, and then my mom’s like, ‘Oh, that’s disgusting,’ and I was like, OK, maybe it is disgusting,’” Sherman said. Sherman started to believe she, too, was “disgusting,” and at only 11 years of age,.
PHOENIX – Artist Diana Calderon used a small brayer to spread dark ink on a glass plate as she demonstrated how to make a print from a linocut. “Most of my work is about crossing barriers and borders and boundaries,” she said. Born in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, Calderon has been migrating for much of her.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The last stretch to the solar array is a rough dirt road that winds through the desert scrublands east of Hermosillo, Sonora’s state capital. Barbed wire and the occasional cow are the only signs of civilization. After one gate and then another, the panels come into view. Row after row after row.
PHOENIX – Officials at a water treatment plant near a heavily polluted site in Tucson are replacing more than 56 tons of activated carbon to address newly discovered perfluorinated chemical contamination. “The fact that we have a treatment plant there at all is entirely driven by the Superfund site,” said Tim Thomure, director of Tucson.
WASHINGTON – The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the United States dropped by about 300,000 from 2016 to 2017, according to Census Bureau data, a shift that experts say is likely driven by changes on both sides of the border. Although the drop, from 11.6 million to 11.3 million, coincides with the election of President.
SCOTTSDALE – It’s a cool November evening in this desert city. Bo Takahashi, a 21-year-old pitcher from Presidente Prudente, Brazil, warms up in the bullpen before taking the mound for the Salt River Rafters. He is preparing to play in what is, at that moment, the only Major League-affiliated baseball game in the world. Takahashi,.
WASHINGTON – Three months after the Trump administration cut the number of refugees the U.S. will accept to the lowest level since 1980, aid groups in Arizona say they already are feeling the effects. “What used to be a very active program has slowed down dramatically and so before, we used to have maybe a.
READING, Pa. — Even though she spent 19 months in detention after crossing the border to seek asylum in the U.S. in 2015, Karen Zelaya still was able to celebrate her son’s sixth and seventh birthdays with him. They were not the happiest of birthdays. Zelaya and her son, Steven Albanes, who are from El.
PHOENIX – The governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico, signed an agreement Wednesday promoting the transport of natural gas from New Mexico to growing markets in Asia. The four-year pact promises to promote the production and transmission of natural gas produced in New Mexico, which is to be piped through Arizona to Sonoran.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and analysts believe there will be some progress on immigration reform after the new Congress is sworn in next month – but caution that it is more likely to come in baby steps than in big leaps. Six years after a Democrat-controlled Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill the stalled in.
WASHINGTON – A year after the Trump administration announced plans to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program had received more than 230,000 DACA renewal applications, with more coming in every day. Although no first-time applications are being accepted, courts that blocked the administration’s plan earlier this year also ordered U.S. Citizenship and.
WHITERIVER – Each summer since 1925, Native people have gathered in the capital of the Fort Apache Tribe to test their skills in the saddle and celebrate who they are. The 93rd annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo, held over Labor Day weekend, included sports competitions, a car show, a parade and an.
PHOENIX – He holds out his forearm, pointing to an area right below a bandage near the crook of his elbow. One of his veins is much thicker – it looks like a caterpillar under his skin. It’s a fistula serving as the entry port for his hemodialysis treatment. “It’s like they stitch two of.
PHOENIX – Under mounds of rubble, overgrown weeds and scattered trash lie the remains of more than 300 Mexican pioneers who helped build Phoenix around the turn of the 20th century. But few people even know they are there. “You can not tell it is a cemetery unless you walk right up on it,” said.
SCOTTSDALE – Gov. Doug Ducey maintained his firm stance on border security at a panel discussion Wednesday during the Republican Governors Association annual conference, but he also stressed the importance of the state’s extensive trade ties with Mexico. “There is a humanitarian and security crisis happening south of the border,” said Ducey, who was sitting.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday. A showdown over border wall funding could lead to a partial government shutdown, with the current Department of Homeland Security budget set.
PHOENIX – Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers. One of those organizations is the Kino Border Initiative, a faith-based nonprofit organization known as KBI in Nogales, Arizona. The Rev. Sean Carroll, the group’s executive.
SAN FELIPE, Baja California – “Bienvenidos al Nido,” Francisco Iñegas said. “Welcome to El Nido.” He walks across what look like huge, gray connector blocks fitted together into a floating pathway. Then he climbs up into El Nido, an open-sea aquarium just off the small town of San Felipe in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. “The.
SAN FELIPE, Baja California – Just as the sun peeks over the horizon, casting an orange glow across the water, a group of fishermen takes off from docks at San Felipe. Their small, blue-and-white boats, known as pangas, bounce and rattle over the waves of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Ruben Orozco wears a Chicago Bulls.
SAN FELIPE, Baja California – The activist sailors aboard Sea Shepherd’s big, white patrol ship in northern Mexico’s Sea of Cortez come from all over the world. A recent crew included volunteers from Italy, France, Brazil, Mexico and the United States, among other places. They’ve all joined the Los Angeles-based conservation society’s ship on the.
PHOENIX – In a year where the number of refugees and displaced people worldwide has reached record highs, those who wish to help have a new way of doing so through Airbnb. The peer-to-peer house-sharing company is offering temporary housing through a program called Open Homes, which now is available in Phoenix. Hospitality Service Center.
WASHINGTON – The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday he is confident final details can be worked out a new trade deal between the two countries and Canada, despite President Donald Trump’s sometimes disruptive border rhetoric. Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández said that Trump’s ability to drive the narrative made these negotiations on the proposed.
WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.” U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar late Monday ruled that a Nov. 9 policy to deny asylum to immigrants if they do.
SHOW LOW – Dr. Osaf Ahmed walked through the clinic owned by Summit Healthcare, the local hospital, happily greeting co-workers as he prepared to see patients that day. For Ahmed, who came from Pakistan in 1995, this city in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona is home. The former international medical student has lived in.
WASHINGTON – National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment. “Exactly as predicted, this deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to our southern border has turned out to be nothing more.
WASHINGTON – Advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill Friday to tell members of Congress, current and incoming, that billions of dollars targeted for a border wall could be better used for needs inside the country. Their lobbying came one day after Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump to discuss funding the border wall, with.
FORT DEFIANCE – Inspired to do more for the Native American community, the Arizona State women’s basketball team will play a game on the Navajo Reservation against the Baylor Lady Bears on Sunday. The game dubbed “Showdown on the Rez” was announced last summer. “The initial idea was to take the game to them,” ASU.
WASHINGTON – Advocates from Southwest border communities on Thursday called on Congress to resist the urge to ram through border laws in the coming lame-duck session before the newly elected, more Democratic, Congress is sworn in next year. But Tucson resident Vicki Gaubeca, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, said in a conference call.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a Trump administration request to move forward with its plan to end the Obama-era DACA program, saying the deferred deportation plan should stay in effect while legal challenges are pursued. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower.
On Sept. 20, 2017, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in 85 years, leaving its 3.6 million residents – the vast majority U.S. citizens – without power, without potable water, with severely damaged infrastructure and with little hope for a quick recovery. In March.
On Sept. 20, 2017, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in 85 years, leaving its 3.6 million residents – the vast majority of them U.S. citizens – without power or potable water and with severely damaged infrastructure and little hope for a quick recovery..
PHOENIX – LGBTQ members and their allies rallied Friday at the state Capitol after reports indicating the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as determined at birth and unchangeable. With this year’s midterm election at hand, about 100 members of the transgender community and their supporters gathered to stand up against those who want.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm. The president instead said that rock-throwing immigrants would be “arrested for a very long time” – even though the military is specifically prohibited.
NOGALES – The border that divides the U.S. and Mexico also symbolizes divided opinions in this border city about the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to handle a caravan of Central American migrants making its way north through Mexico. President Donald Trump is deploying more than 5,000 troops – and may increase that to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona native Francisco Fernandez holds a college degree and a job with a nonprofit in the nation’s capital – none of which, he said, would have been possible without the citizenship status conferred on him at birth. “Had my mom had me in Mexico and then come to the United States, there’s no.
SCOTTSDALE – Standing against the walls, sitting in the aisles and crowding around the Goldsmith Sanctuary door to glimpse inside, hundreds of community members packed Congregation Beth Israel on Monday night. After reaching maximum capacity, staff directed attendees to additional seating in the lobby of the synagogue. The service began with Rabbi Stephen Kahn welcoming.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced Monday that it will send 5,200 active military troops to help “harden” the Southwest border to deter a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants headed north through Mexico. The departments of Homeland Security and Defense said the first 800 are already on their way to the border, and.
TUCSON – The motel is plain vanilla. Motorists streak past it on Interstate 10 without notice or memory. But inside the gates of the complex, over several days in October, 112 migrants, many from Guatemala, turned the motel into a temporary neighborhood. Children chased their friends underneath the stairs. Parents leaned against walls and chatted.
PHOENIX – Levi Levertov was still trying to make sense of Saturday’s shooting inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, ending with 11 people dead. On Monday, Levertov, a rabbi at the Chabad-Lubavitch Center in Phoenix, said his synagogue will review what changes can be made to ensure safety to the congregation, but he.
The flow of undocumented immigrants seeking asylum and entering the United States continues to rise, prompting Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release migrant families into the care of several Arizona charity organizations. These mostly faith based groups now say they are overwhelmed by the number of migrants brought to them and have had to look.
PHOENIX – Amanda Blackhorse, grasping burning sage in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, prepared to protest at a costume company’s Phoenix headquarters. Blackhorse and her small group carried signs, shouting “People, not costumes!” and “You’re on stolen land!” as they walked around the parking lot, several of them wearing traditional skirts. They.
WASHINGTON – Just under a half-million Latino voters are expected to go to the polls in Arizona this fall, a 33 percent increase from the 2014 midterm elections that reflects growing numbers and hot-button issues like immigration and health care. That projection was part of a report released Wednesday by the National Association of Latino.
WASHINGTON – The number of people apprehended at the Arizona border jumped more than 50 percent in fiscal 2018 from the year before, according to numbers released Tuesday by U.S Customs and Border Protection. Increases in the Tucson and Yuma sectors outpaced the rate of growth along the rest of the Southwest border over the.
WASHINGTON – Before heading to Arizona for a political rally Thursday, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. Trump’s early Thursday tweets were met with skepticism in Washington, where reactions ranged from puzzled.
PHOENIX — Gloria Martínez was 8 when she crossed the Rio Grande with her family from their native Guanajuato, Mexico. She still remembers the fear — a feeling many migrants carry along with their most precious belongings. Martínez identifies with photographs of objects confiscated from migrants who unlawfully crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, part of the.
PHOENIX – Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College. However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who.
WASHINGTON – Abeth Spencer said that most of the 100 immigrants that the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ took in this weekend at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had already moved on by Wednesday. The Phoenix church was one of several nonprofits in the state that provided shelter, food and laundry.
NACO – Francisco Romo wasn’t sure why volunteers had come to his small home to vaccinate him and his wife, Lydia, but the elderly couple complied. They’re now protected against hepatitis A, B and tetanus. The reason for the house call lies just a few yards from the Romos’ house. A burst pipeline is leaking.
GOODYEAR – A federal judge in California on Wednesday temporarily halted a federal order that removed Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants nationwide, including migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan. Immigrants with TPS are able to renew their work permit every 18 months. According to the Center for American Progress, about.
TEMPE – Arizona State prides itself on being an attractive university for international students, a mindset that is trickling down to its athletic programs. Englishman Graham Winkworth, in his second season at the helm of the ASU’s women’s soccer team, placed an early emphasis on recruiting international players because of a unique dilemma. Upon his.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security was not fully prepared to enforce the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy or handle its consequences, which included separating parents and children, the department’s inspector general said in a recent report. Among the unforeseen problems was the need to hold children for extended periods of time in facilities.
NOGALES – A transborder pipeline that brings millions of gallons of raw sewage from Mexico to the U.S. faces challenges on two fronts: The pipe is nearly 70 years old and increasingly prone to leaks; and heavy metals in the wastewater are causing problems at the Arizona plant where it’s treated. Every day, 14 million.
PHOENIX – Canada on Sunday agreed to join the United States and Mexico in the trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said on Twitter that the treaty will enhance Arizona’s “competitive standing nationally and globally.” “As a.
PHOENIX – The City Council voted Wednesday to continue the original light-rail extension plan, despite fierce opposition from some south Phoenix residents and business owners. Before Wednesday’s council vote, dozens of local residents, community activists and business owners had the opportunity to express their position on the issue. Michael Kelly, who said he has lived.
SAN LUIS – Sculpted calaveras – skulls – are perched alongside a painting of Frida Khalo, which hangs next to several rocks used by artists as improvised canvases. They’re all part of an exhibit that recently opened to the public at the San Luis Library, located on the border with Mexico about 25 miles south.
PHOENIX – Millions of immigrant families who use public federal assistance could find it harder to obtain permanent residence status under new rules being proposed by the Trump administration. On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to limit access to green cards for immigrants who use or qualify for public assistance. According to DHS,.
WASHINGTON – The president of the National Association of Immigration Judges criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday for what she called unrealistic standards his Justice Department has set for immigration courts. Judge Ashley Tabaddor also renewed calls for immigration courts to be independent of the Justice Department, so judges are not in the “untenable”.
TUCSON – Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier says he now may have to use county taxpayer dollars to sustain additional border-patrol activities by deputies after a federal grant used for that purpose was killed by county supervisors in the wake of public outcry. “Politics and public safety should not intersect one another,” Napier said this.
WASHINGTON – Immigrant-rights advocates carrying signs and babies walked out of a Senate hearing Tuesday to protest its review of a court ruling that limits the amount of time the government can hold immigrant children in detention. Those limits in the so-called Flores settlement were key to the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year to.
PHOENIX – A year after Phoenix police fired tear gas and pepper-spray bullets at a crowd protesting President Donald Trump, the ACLU, two advocacy groups and several protesters have filed a lawsuit claiming police used excessive force and repressed free speech. Police “indiscriminately fired harmful pepper spray, gas, pepper bullets, and flash-bang canisters into the.
WASHINGTON – The existing partial border wall with Mexico has caused environmental damage, harmed border communities and failed to make the country safer, and a complete border wall would only make things worse, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, “Death, Damage, and Failure: Past, Present, and Future Impacts of Walls on the U.S.-Mexico.
SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Sonora, Mexico – A group of teenagers kneel in a semicircle around five men on a small soccer field in this border city 25 miles south of Yuma. The sun has set but the sweltering heat of the Sonoran Desert remains. The dirt lots of a secondary school surround a turf.
WASHINGTON – If you want to boost votership, you go to where the voters are. And in the case of millennials, that’s probably the internet. So when Mi Familia Vota announced its plan Tuesday to reach millennial Latino voters ahead of November’s elections, it unveiled a campaign heavy on use of social media, text messaging.
WASHINGTON – One day after President Donald Trump stepped back from demands for border wall funding in the next budget, family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants rallied Friday to demand tougher enforcement of immigration laws. The “Angel Families” rally on the Capitol grounds was held to convince Washington that illegal immigration “is a.
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus added its voice Thursday to the chorus of groups criticizing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who caucus members said would be a disaster for Latinos and the nation as a whole. The criticism came as the Senate Judiciary Committee ground into its third day of grilling Kavanaugh, whose nomination.
PHOENIX – Cosmas and Eloi Kwete, twin football standouts at Central High School, were too young to remember the terror and harsh living conditions their family of nine endured in the Democratic Republic of Congo before fleeing to a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. It’s probably just as well. But their older brother Oliver does remember..
WASHINGTON – Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb told a White House audience Wednesday that sheriffs see the problems that come with illegal immigration firsthand and that, as a result, they “want to be part of the solution.” Lamb was one of 50 sheriffs invited to the White House to meet with Trump administration officials Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board’s decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the board’s “glib characterization” that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Moris Alfredo Quiroz Parada had.
WASHINGTON – Few details were released, but one Arizona business leader said the mere fact that the U.S. and Mexico unveiled a trade agreement Monday should “calm concerns” over the future of NAFTA. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that the two countries have a deal to reform the 24-year-old North.
TUCSON – The Department of Homeland Security on Friday reversed itself and said a Mexican wife and mother would be allowed into the U.S. on a 30-day “humanitarian parole” to visit her terminally ill husband here before he dies. The change was announced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Friday – one day after he.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Behind the anonymity of white faces illuminated by tiki torches, beyond the bloodied fists of street brawls, there are communities of young men who gather on weekends to camp and fish and train in combat sports. The face of hate is changing in America, and the new right is a “millennial male.
EUGENE, Oregon – Sergio Reyes and two other Mexican immigrants were busy landscaping at their worksite in early 2018 when they were accosted by a man hurling racial epithets and threatening to cut off the head of one of them. “It doesn’t matter if I become an American citizen,” Reyes said. “If your skin color.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey told a White House audience Monday that border officers put their lives on the line to defend residents of Arizona, which he called an “epicenter” of human trafficking and drug cartel activity. Ducey was one of a handful of state and local officials invited by President Donald Trump to the.
AJO – The projected high for this July day is 105, and hints of the coming heat already glimmer at 6:45 a.m. The old Ram pickup shudders along uneven roads often traveled by Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona. Saguaros dot a desolate landscape. Paige Corich-Kleim, a volunteer with No More Deaths, drives a truck.
WASHINGTON – Just days after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House last week for their August recess. After a year of squabbling on immigration reform, and despite the nudge from the president, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything.
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel Tuesday that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.” The comments came during a three-hour Senate Judiciary Committee hearing during which lawmakers grilled officers of.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday repeated a threat to shut down the government this fall if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall. But analysts say the threat, first made in a tweet Sunday, is likely little more than a political ploy that the president.
TEMPE – Moubarak Djeri did not take the conventional route to the NFL. In fact, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end had never played a down of high school or college football when the Arizona Cardinals signed him as a free agent. Now he is one of just three NFL players born or reared in Germany.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Thursday overturned immigration violations against a Valley business, saying that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of the firm was sparked by an illegal 2013 raid by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that deputies distorted and falsified facts.
WASHINGTON – The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson sector told a congressional committee Tuesday that the deployment of more than 600 National Guard troops to Arizona’s border with Mexico has had “tremendous value” for border agents. “Any assistance that we can get down on the border helps us,” said Rodolfo Karisch, the chief.
PHOENIX – After 10 years, 30 nominees and decades of discovery, the first National Native American Hall of Fame will induct 12 honorees in October. Arizona’s Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat as a member of U.S. military, is among those who will be celebrated. Many of the inductees, such.
PHOENIX – As visitors stroll through the aisles of Barbie dolls arrayed at a national collectors’ convention in Phoenix, one doll among hundreds stands apart. A tan-complexioned Barbie with long, braided black hair and traditional Native American dress is perched proudly on a pedestal hand-painted to resemble grass. Pabboo Redfeather, an artist and designer, reimagined.
WASHINGTON – With a bouquet of roses and open arms, Miguel Calix waited nervously at Washington-Reagan National airport Tuesday night for his wife, daughter and stepdaughter to arrive on a flight from Phoenix. “I feel nervous,” Calix said as he stood in the airport’s Terminal C, waiting for their American Airlines flight. “I never thought.
FLAGSTAFF – Kelly Eckhoff tearfully remembers her time as a foster parent for children picked up at the border. “It didn’t matter how old they were, what gender they were, what country they came from,” she said, looking at her husband, Matt. “Every single one of them loved to be read to every day.” The.
PHOENIX – Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arizona Department of Public Safety say. “We are the tip of the spear for drug trafficking,” said Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent in.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday the state will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on a three-year-old multiagency effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border. The Arizona Border Strike Force has seized 60,000 pounds of marijuana, 300 guns and “enough fentanyl to kill 11 million Americans,” since it was.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County patrol officers stopped Hispanic drivers for longer periods and searched them more often than other drivers, according to an annual report analyzing traffic-stop data. The results are similar to those over the past three years. Whites were stopped for an average of 13 minutes, compared with Hispanics, who were stopped for.
WASHINGTON – Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The report said that the number of Border Patrol agents actually fell from 2013 to 2017, at a time.
TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he decried the dozens of migrant children who are locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5. “Kindergarten age,” said the Democrat lawmaker, who represents much of southern.
WASHINGTON – Unemployment hit 3.8 percent in May, the lowest level in 18 years and a jobless rate that economists say represents virtually full employment. While that’s good news for workers, it’s causing problems for businesses that say they can’t get American workers to fill open jobs and they can’t get permission to hire foreign.
PHOENIX – The next census is two years away, but Latino leaders across the country have voiced concerns over a citizenship question that will be included in the standard form for the first time since 1950. It’s “a tool that can be used to empower or to marginalize communities. This administration has chosen the path.
NOGALES, Arizona — The top of the Santa Cruz County Administration building on North Congress Drive delivers a birds-eye view of this border town. Cars with Arizona and Mexico license plates drive down I-19, which becomes Grand Avenue in the city center and features dozens of multicultural shops lining the streets. On the northern tip.
PHOENIX – Lack of information – and plenty of bad information – has led to heartache and confusion when family members search for loved ones who are in custody, immigration attorney Rekha Nair says. Dozens of residents and immigration advocates gathered in Phoenix earlier this month to learn how to navigate the specifics of immigration-court.
WASHINGTON – The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that his country’s relationship with the Trump administration is in better shape than it was a year and a half ago, but that there is still room for improvement. “The past year and a half have implied, I think, that we’re in better shape than.
WASHINGTON – Immigrant-rights activists and lawmakers Monday accused the Trump administration of erecting a “second wall” to more than 700,000 potential immigrants – including more than 14,000 in Arizona – who have pending citizenship applications. The “Tear Down the Second Wall” campaign said the application backlog has almost doubled in the past two years. Joshua.
PHOENIX – The Families Belong Together movement drew thousands across the country, and hundreds across Arizona, to protest the treatment of migrant families who were separated at the Mexican border. The scene at the largest protest in Arizona, outside the Capitol on Saturday morning, was peaceful, despite a small number of counterprotestors who began a.
PHOENIX – Mexico’s crucial July 1 election will be the first in which citizens living abroad can vote without having to return to Mexico. “Mexico is a country that has the biggest amount of people living outside of the country,” said Yuri Gabriel Beltrán, a counselor with the Mexico City Electoral Institute. “Voting is like.
PHOENIX – First lady Melania Trump visited the Southwest Key shelter Thursday to talk to staff and children housed there. She toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson earlier in the day. A few dozen protesters greeted Trump as she arrived at the west Phoenix nonprofit shelter for immigrant youth. Many donned.
LAVEEN VILLAGE – It wasn’t even 7 a.m. when Adrian Zarate took a gulp from his red plastic cup and watched more Mexico soccer fans file into the Pancho Villa’s Army watch party at Native Grill and Wings. “If we win,” he shouted, “this place will go nuts.” Although Mexico didn’t win, the place went.
WASHINGTON – A last-ditch effort to get an immigration reform bill through the House was soundly defeated Wednesday, with almost half of the Republicans joining all Democrats to reject the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act on a 301-121 vote. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, was the only Arizona lawmaker to vote for the bill, with.
WASHINGTON – A Guatemalan woman who was separated from her daughter after they crossed the border near San Luis, Arizona, said Tuesday she is suing the federal government to get her child back. Perla Karlili Alemengor Miranda de Velasquez said she twice spoke briefly with her 12-year-old daughter by phone when she was in custody,.
WASHINGTON – House leaders added employer checks and an expanded farmworker visa program in their latest attempt to get an immigration bill that can pass, but most lawmakers leaving a GOP meeting Tuesday morning appeared skeptical of its chances. “Working through it still,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, after the Republican caucus meeting. “Always good.
PHOENIX – Seventeen-year-old Faisa Ahmed moved to the United States when she was nine years old, brought by parents who fled the Somali civil war. For her, President Trump’s travel ban on certain countries is personal: her relatives are still trapped in Somalia. “These people are fleeing these countries for a reason,” she said. “A.
WASHINGTON – Critics of the administration’s policy of separating families at the border called it the equivalent of “psychological torture,” and even President Donald Trump said he did not like it as he ordered the policy reversed this week. But the “Angel Families” who went to the White House Friday told the president that separation.
PHOENIX – Advocates for the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center have gained support from the Patriot Movement AZ, a controversial, conservative pro-Trump group that supports Second Amendment rights and a border wall. Lesa Antone, who founded the group that has drawn criticism over confrontations with Black Lives Matter and Red for Ed supporters, said.
WASHINGTON – Some conservative House Republicans bucked their party’s leaders Thursday and joined Democrats to kill a GOP-backed immigration reform bill, dimming chances that any reform bill will pass the House. After the Securing America’s Future Act failed on a 193-231 vote, House leaders quickly pulled back a second, more-moderate measure and called a late.
PHOENIX – Leaders of the Arizona ACLU and a Tucson-based coalition fighting to change immigration policy fear President Trump’s executive order will not end family separation and encouraged people to remain vigilant on immigration issues. Billy Peard, an attorney for the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Thursday that wording of the.
PHOENIX – Native American lawmakers in Arizona said Thursday that indigenous and native people are among immigrant families who are being separated at the border, and called on Arizona tribal members to join a battle to fight the Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy. Democrats said the immigration fight sprawls onto reservations, across the U.S. and.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered immigration officials to keep undocumented immigrant families together, after weeks of mounting criticism over his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of families at the border. His executive order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be.
WASHINGTON – The House is poised to take action on two Republican immigration-reform bills, but it was not clear Wednesday if House leaders would be able to muster enough support to pass either. Democrats strongly oppose both bills, with even the more moderate of the two derided by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, as “a compromise.
WASHINGTON – Democrats and immigration advocates rallied Tuesday against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that has led to the separation of families at the border, as immigration agency officials defended the treatment of children in shelters. It came as President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill to lobby House Republicans before an expected vote on.
PHOENIX – A recent nationwide poll indicates the general public doesn’t broadly support the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when crossing into the U.S. illegally. The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that 66 percent of respondents opposed the policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May. Only 27.
PHOENIX – Akemi Vargas mourns the absence of her father, deported when she was 7. Francisca Porchas, a Puenta Arizona activist with a 2-year-old daughter, anguishes over children she says have been ripped from their families. And social worker Laurie Rosales, who has worked in immigrant detention centers in Eloy and Florence, worries about the.
WASHINGTON – Hugo Nuñez acknowledged that some drivers were unsettled when they first saw the drive-through X-ray machine at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. “The public at first was a little taken aback by it,” said Nuñez, a supervisory Customs and Border Protection officer at the Nogales port. “When people aren’t fully educated.
SCOTTSDALE – In its quest to join Major League Soccer, Phoenix Rising FC continues its push to grow its brand locally, and that includes tapping into the area’s large population of Latinos. Maricopa County is home to just more than 1.3 million Latinos, slightly less than a third of the county, according to 2017 U.S..
WASHINGTON – House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday after a meeting of House Republicans that they had come together.
PHOENIX – LGBTQ teens are at risk of high rates of depression, sexual assault and discrimination, according to a national survey released Wednesday by a human rights group. The survey of 12,000 youths – including 330 in Arizona – show many LGBTQ youths still suffer compared to those who are cisgender, leaders of the Human.
TUCSON – Free the Children Coalition, a new group targeting immigration issues, on Tuesday called the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the border an attack on children that exposes them to illness and trauma. “I thought we reached our lowest. I really did,” Isabel Garcia, co-chair of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the law was not designed to “alleviate all problems.” Sessions’ decision reverses a 2014 Board of Immigration Appeals ruling that said married women who cannot.
WASHINGTON – The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended his agency recently against charges of racism, saying at a Washington event that 89 percent of those arrested last year by ICE have a criminal history. “The reality is, we are focused on the criminals,” Thomas Homan said at the event hosted last week.
NOGALES – The 1,475 undocumented children reportedly lost in the federal system “are not lost,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Thursday, “they just don’t want to be found.” Nielsen visited the border near Nogales to discuss security issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Arizona National Guard and local ranchers.
PHOENIX – The news spread like wildfire: 1,475 immigrant children missing and nowhere to be found. No records of their whereabouts, and the federal government was being singled out as the party responsible. However, in the days after the initial news reports, more information has revealed the steps – and the multiple agencies involved –.
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico – A Harvard-led study released this week says more than 4,600 people died from Hurricane Maria – either from the hurricane itself or from its immediate aftermath. Officials had put the toll at 64. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, calls the government’s number a “substantial underestimate.” The.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers and advocates demanded Thursday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos disavow her statement from earlier this week that schools can decide whether to turn over undocumented students to immigration officials. If she does not, they said, she should resign. “She’s already proven that she wants to dismantle our public schools, but now.
NOGALES – Partnering with the Arizona National Guard has allowed Customs and Border Patrol agents to survey bigger swaths of the Mexican border using fewer agents, freeing them to focus on securing the border itself and recruiting more agents, immigration officials say. Daniel Hernandez, public affairs officer for the Tucson sector of U.S. Border Patrol,.
PHOENIX – The City Council voted Tuesday to join multiple cities and states in a lawsuit to prevent the federal government from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire. The measure to allow the city manager to include Phoenix in the lawsuit was approved 7-2, with Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring opposing..
WASHINGTON – Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home. “The basis for asylum is very generous in our country, and the credible fear standard is.
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria has reignited a small movement in Puerto Rico aimed at strengthening the local food system so the island can survive and thrive without dependence on the mainland U.S. Before the hurricane struck in September 2017, Puerto Rico imported about 85 percent of its food. And to make matters worse,.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Although the historical Hilton hotel Pablo Torres manages won’t reopen this season, tourism activity in the area slowly has been coming back to life after Hurricane Maria. Of the 146 hotels certified by Puerto Rico Tourism Co., the government-owned corporation in charge of the country’s tourism, 130 were open and.
CANOVANAS, Puerto Rico – Public and private groups traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help with cleanup efforts and assist residents. APS Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with power. Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest electric company, sent a second crew of volunteer linemen to help the island in.
PHOENIX – “Chain migration,” “family reunification” and “family-based immigration” are three terms used to describe the same thing: migrating to the United States and gaining lawful permanent residency through an immediate relative who lives here legally. Family-based immigration, the term used by immigration lawyers and professionals, is the most common way for people to immigrate.
PUERTO PEÑASCO – The 63-mile stretch of highway between the Arizona border town of Lukeville and the Mexican beaches of what Americans call Rocky Point is mostly bland and barren, except for an occasional wooden cross and a roadside shrine in the middle of nowhere. Mexico’s Federal 8 highway between Lukeville and Puerto Peñasco has.
COROZÁL, Puerto Rico – This is a tale of two communities, 8 miles apart – separated by winding roads but divided by more than geography. The stark contrast isn’t solely because of Hurricane Maria. Corozál is a municipality of 37,000 with a large middle class and neatly kept concrete homes that mostly withstood the storm’s.
SAN LUIS – Eduardo, 14, crosses his legs and swings them under the dining table. He pokes at the royal-blue putty he has just mixed up, staining his hands. Gel shapes his black hair into peaks. His chubby cheeks perk up when he smiles. He is a child whose innocence has been shaped by an.
CIDRA, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria took Principal Debra Angie Hernandez’s father, but she was determined it wouldn’t take her school. Just days after the hurricane struck, Hernandez and teachers such as Melba Passapera and parents such as Hilda Marina Santos sprang into action to make sure the Luis Munoz Iglesias K-12 school would not.
AGUADA, Puerto Rico – Manuel Aviles-Santiago talks on the phone with his parents in Puerto Rico every day, sometimes twice. On the day Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, he made his usual call to his mother before teaching his class at Arizona State University. Then the nightmare began, and the phone stopped ringing. Radio.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Seven months after Hurricane Maria tore through this island, some of the equipment in neuroscience researcher Manuel Diaz Rios’ lab still is being repaired and replaced. But more noticeably, Diaz is missing something else – his two Ph.D. students. After the storm, they decided to complete their studies and thesis.
PHOENIX – Mary Madrid moved from Mexico to the United States two years ago to marry a man who had been wooing her for more than a year. On their wedding night, her husband flung off his ring, prohibited her from ever again speaking Spanish and cooking Mexican food. That was the beginning of a.
PHOENIX – When Noah Altman moved from Yuma to Phoenix in 2010, he finally felt at peace. He suddenly went from a small border town to a city where there was “gay everything!” This included a gay Denny’s, affectionately known within Phoenix’s gay community as “Jenny’s,” at Camelback Road and Seventh Street, along with gay.
SCOTTSDALE – Felipe Alou’s legacy on the baseball diamond extends far beyond what he accomplished as a player or manager. Just look around any Major League Baseball stadium. Six decades have passed since Alou made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants. But he didn’t just make his debut that day. He made.
GRAND CANYON – Cadet Amaris Tracy climbed into the cockpit of a small plane, her face calm but her hands shaking slightly. “I’m really excited to get to fly the plane for the first time,” Tracy said, adjusting her headset. “At the same time, it’s 5,000 feet up in the air and I don’t really.
A federal judge’s pointed attack on the Trump administration’s attempts to do away with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, drew stark and sharply differing reactions from officials and advocates Wednesday. U.S. District Judge John Bates on Tuesday called the decision to end the program “arbitrary and capricious,” and ordered the White House.
CIALES, Puerto Rico – The night Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last September, Martha Rivera worried most about her daughter, Melissa. More than seven months after the hurricane, she finally is able to sleep at night. Two weeks ago, power was restored to the family home, but with spontaneous power outages throughout the island, Melissa’s.
ELOY – After hours of anxious waiting, family, friends and supporters of immigrant and reproductive rights activist Alejandra Pablos got the good news Thursday night: She is to be released on bond from the Eloy Detention Center. Pablos, who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in March, is a member of Mijente,.
RIO RICO – This is one of those small towns that’s easy to miss. It is hidden amid a thicket of green brush, saguaros and rocky knolls off Interstate 19, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border and east of a national wildlife refuge that remains a busy corridor for migrants and drugs. Rio Rico seems.
WASHINGTON – More than 684,000 cases are waiting to be heard in immigration courts across the country – 10,422 of them in Arizona – a number that is only expected to grow after the Trump administration cuts an immigrant legal assistance program this month. In addition to its plan to cut the Legal Orientation Program,.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as a “promising step forward.” The law lists specific aggravated felonies like rape and murder as crimes of violence, but also includes any crime that.
PHOENIX – Greyhound bus passengers of color, who speak with accents or simply are “not white,” routinely are questioned and sometimes detained by Customs and Border Protection agents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On March 21, ACLU affiliates, including Arizona’s, delivered a letter to Greyhound Lines Inc. addressing what the group deems “warrantless.
WASHINGTON – The National Guard will send half as many troops to the border, who will serve longer and engage in limited support roles – but not work on a border wall, officials said Monday. At a briefing Monday, officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
PONCE, Puerto Rico — In the yellow and orange house where 78-year-old Lucrecia Rivera has lived for half a century, she explains her income by adding and subtracting on the day’s newspaper. There’s $1,038 deposited automatically into her banking account every month from the Puerto Rican government, plus a $100 health care bonus. She subtracts.
PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard announced Wednesday it is sending 338 ground and air Guardsmen to the border by Monday in what has been named Operation Guardian Shield. The main objective is to provide support for the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, with a mission end-date of Sept. 30..
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey dispatched 225 Arizona National Guard soldiers to the border Monday and said more will come later this week, the first of up to 4,000 troops that could be deployed over a four-state area. The action comes less than a week after President Donald Trump called for a military presence.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it. The high court upheld an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling nearly a year after the Arizona Board of Regents announced it would continue to offer in-state tuition.
PHOENIX — On Opening Day, 750 players began the season on an active roster in Major League Baseball. Among them, only 10 total native Mexicans started the 2018 season in such a position. The Arizona Diamondbacks boast two of them in their bullpen: left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and right-hander Fernando Salas. The veteran.
PHOENIX – An LGBTQ protest against police involvement in the Phoenix Pride Parade was short-lived on Sunday as a phalanx of police officers used bikes to force the crowd from the streets onto the sidewalk. Parade organizers had given permission for Trans Queer Pueblo, a community organization advocating for undocumented LGBTQ people of color, to.
SANTA TERESA, New Mexico – The sign flashes red, day and night, in English and in Spanish: “Be Prepared to Stop,” a warning to the thousands of vehicles and people passing through the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Here in this stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expediting the.
PHOENIX – With the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade just one day away, organizers and members of Trans Queer Pueblo, a community organization providing political, economic and social services to undocumented LGBT people of color, have wrapped up a week of action leading up to Sunday’s events. It included a vigil Monday evening outside the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona will send about 150 National Guardsmen to the border next week as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to send troops to the border, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday. While the White House and the governors of the four border states are still working on details of Trump’s Tuesday call to.
PHOENIX – Arizona plans to send “approximately 150 National Guard members” to the U.S.-Mexico border next week, but questions remain about the duties and duration of the deployment. Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted Friday that his office was working with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security on the deployment. His office did.
PHOENIX – Leaders and activists in the Arizona Latino community are determined to flip Arizona from a red state to a purple state in November by mobilizing Latino voters. The Nov. 6 general election, which in Arizona includes the governor’s race, is considered a possible turning point by some Democratic state and local politicians. Arizona.
WASHINGTON – The secretary of Homeland Security said Wednesday that her agency is working with border-state governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible to support Customs and Border Protection. “It will take time to have the details in place, but we are beginning today and we are moving.
NACO – “By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat. He is tired of being bothered, he said, by the.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.” “To what extent they’re looking at the military right now, nobody knows, that’s just a statement,” said Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, who.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared “DACA is dead” in a series of tweets over the weekend, blaming Democrats for the failure to find a replacement for the deferred deportation program that he said last fall he would rescind. The tweets also blamed Mexico for failing to stop illegal immigration into the U.S. and urged.
PHOENIX – Dozens of student recipients and supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, rallied Monday outside the Arizona Supreme Court in support of in-state tuition rates for DREAMers. The demonstration was in response to the court’s hearing of oral arguments in the case of Attorney General Mark Brnovich suing.
PHOENIX – Salvador Macias knows all too well the lengthy, complicated and expensive process becoming a U.S. citizen can be. The DACA recipient now is a Phoenix attorney who has dedicated his life to helping others navigating the road to citizenship. Macias began his own journey when his parents brought him to the U.S. from.
PHOENIX – From bright bailable (Mexican folk dance) dresses to tall mariachi sombreros and vivid-colored zarapes (serapes), boys and girls from Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy in Phoenix stood beside a large mural of a man they’ve never met but know through countless stories. Students, parents, staff members, and community leaders gathered at the academy on.
PHOENIX – The Trump administration has proposed a policy change that could disqualify some foreigners seeking permanent residency in the United States if they or family members have used government benefits, such as the children’s health insurance program, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. According to the National Immigration Law Center, the rule change.
PHOENIX – Two top level Arizona business leaders on Friday discussed the economic impact of “DREAMers” in Arizona and the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In a news briefing via conference call, they also highlighted a new national poll indicating the potential for bipartisan compromise on issues such as border security.
PHOENIX – “How to Cross the Border Illegally or How to Make Tamales de Rajas” is an original poem about border-crossers and the stories they rarely get a chance to tell. “Usually when I hear in the news that they are criticizing people that cross the border, they just say it like it is something.
MESA – High-schoolers and adults came together at the Mesa Public Library this week for what organizers deemed “activist training” for a variety of issues, from women’s rights to immigration reform to DACA to health care. Participants shared personal experiences about their communities, and although each was different, the theme of equal rights resonated. The.
SCOTTSDALE – The uncertainty surrounding DACA’s future is wreaking havoc beyond the nearly 800,000 young immigrants whom the program shields from deportation. The restaurant industry, in particular, would take a tremendous economic loss if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ends. Louis Basile, founder and CEO of the Wildflower Bread Co., hopes that his.
SASABE – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – arriving on horseback in full cowboy gear – met last weekend with law enforcement and local officials to tout the progress of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Clearly, we are going to build a wall,” Zinke said. “Clearly, the design is not finished.” During.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.” “We always knew that we were on the right side of history and that.
PHOENIX – The scene at Cactus Park last Saturday was an intimate snapshot of politics in America in 2018: A red sea of Trump supporters in Make America Great Again hats and T-shirts listening to “pro-America” stump speeches, confronted by black-clad anti-fascists chanting slogans and voicing support for DACA recipients. Police officers and several armed.
PHOENIX — Brewers first baseman Ji-Man Choi isn’t the only person in Milwaukee’s clubhouse who speaks fluent Korean. However, the first time he encountered the one other person who does — his translator, Daniel Cho — it wasn’t without some uneasiness. “It was super awkward,” Choi said through Cho on Wednesday, prompting both to burst.
PHOENIX – Oslin Lopez is not like most 10-year-olds. She’s not allowed to play outside, ride her bike, let alone run. Her mother keeps her indoors, away from the polluted air in their neighborhood near 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street, which worsens Oslin’s asthma symptoms. One outdoor activity the girl can’t dodge, though, is.
PHOENIX – The day after the 9/11 terror attacks, Rana Singh Sodhi received a phone call from an employee at his brother’s gas station in Mesa, telling him to come down as soon as possible. Someone had been shot. Sodhi rushed to the station, where he found his brother’s body stretched outside the entrance. Balbir.
WASHINGTON – An Arizona state lawmaker and a Phoenix Dreamer were among 68 people arrested Monday during a Washington protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. State Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe, and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police along with.
PHOENIX – For two days, Margaret T. Hance Park became the epicenter of Chinese culture and traditions, as the 28th annual Chinese Cultural and Cuisine Festival took over the public space in February, offering Valley locals an opportunity to see, hear and taste what the Asian country has to offer. Jeffrey Chow, a resident of.
PHOENIX – In spite of the pouring rain, members of the Jewish community and DACA recipients gathered at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza in Phoenix on Tuesday, pressing for a clean DREAM Act. A.J. Frost, founder of Arizona Jewish Social Justice Action and co-founder of Arizona Jews for Justice, organized the rally with Promise Arizona and.
AGUA PRIETA, Mexico – Dancers, artists and residents from Arizona and Sonora joined forces Saturday as part of the final performance of the “Shared Spaces: An Evening of Dance, Music and Poetry at the US/Mex Border.” Dozens of people gathered near the Douglas port of entry, which separates Douglas and Agua Prieta, Sonora, to promote.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear the Trump administration’s plea to bypass federal courts and get the high court to interject itself in the legal process of ending the DACA program. The legal ramifications of this decision will more than likely push the DACA deadline, set for next week, even.
PHOENIX – Congressman Ruben Gallego, along with environmental advocates in the Latino community, touted the importance of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan at a round table conference Thursday organized by National Council of La Raza Action Fund. “We need to consistently take positive action towards that, electing officials that are going to be in support.
MESA – A year has passed since the world saw images of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos sitting in a locked federal van while her distraught children tried to console her from outside the vehicle. Hoping to stop her deportation to Mexico, protesters surrounded the van in the parking lot of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
PHOENIX – Five days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, singer Andria Bunnell and mariachi performer Melissa Marie Medina found themselves creating a six-woman band. With their desire to give Arizonans a taste of Latin American folkloric music, along with their idea to use their art form as a way to express their post-election.
WASHINGTON – DACA recipient Juan Escalante has been on a “roller coaster of emotions” since September when President Donald Trump announced plans to end the deferred deportation program. The roller coaster continued this week after the Senate failed to agree on any DACA measures, despite several days of open floor debate dedicated to the issue..
WASHINGTON – Nogales rancher Dan Bell told lawmakers Thursday that the best way to help the environment at the border might actually be by removing environmental regulations that hinder access by Border Patrol agents. Bell, one of four witnesses at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, said the tons of trash left behind by illegal.
TEMPE – Hurricane Maria has had a lasting effect on Puerto Rico. Nearly six months after the storm struck the island, damage remains widespread, and nearly a half-million people still are without power. The dire situation prompted dozens of utility companies from across the United States to pitch in to help their fellow Americans. One.
TUCSON – The humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has faced 36 misdemeanor cases brought by federal authorities in the past 15 years. It has not lost a single one. Attorney William Walker has represented the group in all 36 cases, but a recent round of arrests have put nine volunteers in limbo at a.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Tuesday the Senate should begin its long-awaited debate on immigration reform by taking up any one of a number of bipartisan bills proposed to see if it “has legs.” The Senate has plenty of options, and not much time, as it begins the debate with less than three.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered a new hearing for Arivaca protesters who said the Border Patrol violated their First Amendment rights when they tried to monitor a border checkpoint for potential racial profiling. The group, People Helping People, sued in 2014 after Border Patrol officers established a 391-foot “enforcement zone” around the.
PHOENIX – A second federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York ruled Tuesday that DACA recipients and states are likely to succeed in their challenge to the way.
PHOENIX – Federal authorities on Monday granted Jesus Berrones, an undocumented father of five whose story has garnered international attention, a one-year stay on humanitarian grounds. Berrones, 30, had sought sanctuary at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials notified him they intended to deport him. After spending the.
PHOENIX – Supporters of DACA and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status – known as TPS – clashed with an anti-immigrant group at a heated protest outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s office Thursday afternoon. Divided down the middle of the same sidewalk, demonstrators on both sides featured tall signs and handcrafted banners. “Build the wall,” read one..
PHOENIX – When you think of Mexican cuisine, tacos de carne asada (beef), carnitas (braised pork) and birria (spicy goat stew) – all meat dishes – come to mind. Vegetables and herbs, on the other hand, more than likely don’t. A local vegan couple, however, are working to turn that around. Jose and Leticia Gamiz.
BISBEE- John Ladd is a fourth generation Arizona rancher whose property straddles the international boundary with Mexico. For years, Ladd said immigrants have cut through his 10.5-acre property to get into the United States. He said he’s seen fewer immigrants since President Donald Trump came into office. But, he added, he continues to see people.
WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented, all-day floor speech Wednesday demanding a vote on DACA legislation became a rallying cry for advocates, as Congress prepares to vote on another budget extension to keep the government open. Pelosi was calling on the House’s Republican leaders to allow a vote on immigration reform, something Senate.
PHOENIX – The 6-mile South Central Light Rail Extension not only will provide transportation through South and downtown Phoenix, it also will honor the diverse people and cultures that make South Phoenix such a vibrant community. “There is something magical about Phoenix, Arizona,” said Gabriel Fortoul, an artist from Union City, New Jersey. “It is.