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.
WASHINGTON – A Mesa woman whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant in a drunken driving accident was in Washington Tuesday to tell lawmakers that border security and immigration enforcement must come before any “amnesty” bills. Mary Ann Mendoza, joined by sheriffs from around the country and others who lost a family member to.
PHOENIX – Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station near Page not only would displace hundreds of workers, it also could raise rates for consumers, protesters who marched on the state Capitol said Tuesday. “It was built under a bond and paid for by a bond from the federal government. … There’s still a billion dollars.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but it excludes funding for a border wall, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.” The bill by McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat of.
PHOENIX – Communicating with people from different cultures is always difficult, but an Arizona State University professor hopes the universal language of science will bridge the void. Peter Rillero, associate professor of science education at ASU, last year created the Leadership Through Problem-Based Learning Initiative, a grant-funded STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program to.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center advocates and mentors local artists in metro Phoenix. Lately, though, the nonprofit has been struggling to keep its doors open, as grants and funding continue to overlook it. “Right now, we make our own funding,” said Jose Andres Giron, a resident artist at the center, which.
PHOENIX – Immigrants enrolled in Promise Arizona’s English-learning program gathered Tuesday night at its State of the Union viewing event. Women held their children and men crossed their arms as they all gave President Donald Trump their undivided attention, anxiously waiting for the president to touch on immigration. Midway into his speech, a number of.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers. The call by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, comes as a reported two dozen Democratic lawmakers were scheduled to bring.
SCOTTSDALE – Carlos Sugich saw a golden opportunity to represent the Hispanic community at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Sugich, the first Hispanic chairman of the tournament, created a Spanish-language website for the Phoenix Open to expand its reach toward Hispanics. “We thought there was a need so that we could reach a broader audience.
WASHINGTON – In real estate, the saying goes, it’s all about location, location, location. Apparently, that same rule also applies when it comes to recruiting Customs and Border Protection agents. Already hobbled by a burdensome, multiphase hiring process that can take up to 18 months, followed by months more of training, agency recruiters face another.
WASHINGTON – Ports of entry at Nogales are as many as 300 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers shy of their approved staffing levels, according to the officers’ union, leading to long lines that threaten the region’s economy. Customs and Border Protection officials refused to discuss specific numbers of officers at Nogales, citing security reasons..
MESA – Rolando Palacios is just a few weeks away from becoming a first-time business owner. After working for 15 years as a landscaper and plumber, Palacios and his wife began investing in their American dream: a restaurant to call their own. “The United States gave me the opportunities that El Salvador did not,” Palacios.
WASHINGTON – A White House plan to give a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants in exchange for a border wall and tougher immigration policies was attacked from all sides Friday, called racist by one side and a shameless giveaway by the other. The one-page “Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security” released late.
PHOENIX – On any given school night, hours worth of homework are laid out on the kitchen counter. Before dinner, Wilber Delgado and his wife, Eva Pineda, challenge their children to a spelling contest, and laughter fills the air. But beneath the laughs, the Salvadoran parents are facing a mountain of worry. The Trump administration’s.
WASHINGTON – A reported White House plan that could give “Dreamers” a path to citizenship over 10 or more years will help those working toward an immigration reform compromise “a great deal,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday. President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he plans to introduce a bill giving recipients of the.
PHOENIX – A year after taking office, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said one of his main objectives has been the rejection of racial profiling, something that had plagued the department before he was elected. Discrimination is not tolerated in his agency, he said, and those who defy the rules and policies are being held.
NACO, Mexico – If you travel to the small border town of Naco, the first thing to catch your eye is a small, gloriously colored building that sits fewer than 500 feet from the port of entry. It’s called Studio Mariposa, an idea that began with Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer’s desire to provide a place.
NOGALES — Eight humanitarian aid workers with the advocacy group No More Deaths are facing multiple federal misdemeanor charges, while another volunteer has been charged with harboring undocumented immigrants, a felony. That ninth volunteer is Scott Daniel Warren, who also teaches environmental studies classes online at Arizona State University. The complaint against Warren states he.
PHOENIX – An array of people of different ages, ethnicities and gender identities united in Arizona on Sunday to promote a global cause: to bolster women’s power at the polls, encouraging them to vote and run for office. The 2018 Women’s March drew an estimated 22,000 for a rally at the state Capitol. They joined.
TEMPE – The Tempe City Council failed to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution failed to pass by a 3-4 vote Thursday evening. If approved, it would have allowed Mayor Mark Mitchell and the City Council to send a letter to President Donald Trump.
GLENDALE – The upcoming “Black Panther” movie, which had the highest first-day ticket presales of any Marvel movie, is one of the latest examples of what some say is a controversial push for diversity by major players in the comic book industry. The title character, Black Panther, was one of the first substantial black characters.
GLENDALE – The first thing that hits you when you walk into Escuela de Electricidad Automotriz is the scent of auto parts and coffee. A large white truck is mounted on a lift in the middle of a spacious, echoey room along with tires, engines and other parts spread all over. This shop looks, at.
WASHINGTON – Mexican attitudes toward Americans have gone through a “stunning reversal” since the election of President Donald Trump, with most Mexicans holding an unfavorable view of the U.S. for the first time. That was a finding of two studies released Thursday at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., which included several polls of.
WASHINGTON – As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill. The advocates, including several from Arizona, fanned out across Capitol Hill and tried to take their.
TEMPE – The City Council will meet Thursday evening to discuss a resolution opposing plans to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The resolution comes after a campaign started by the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, advocating for the opposition of a border wall, which President Donald Trump made a centerpiece of his.
PHOENIX – A permanent solution for the so-called “Dreamers” will require an act of Congress, pro-DACA activists, along with dozens of DACA recipients, said Tuesday afternoon at a rally outside the headquarters for the Arizona Democratic Party. “There is no permanent protection if nothing goes through legislation,” said Adriana Cuevas, a DACA recipient attending the.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Saturday night it would continue accepting requests to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The announcement came after a federal judge in California issued an injunction ordering the Trump administration to continue receiving applications to renew the program, know by its initials DACA, which.
PHOENIX – A federal judge’s late night decision on DACA stirred up mixed reactions from recipients in the Valley. One of them, Elizabeth Perez, said she did not consider Tuesday’s ruling as a complete breakthrough for the DACA community. “Yesterday’s decision was great, but it’s not a win because we still don’t have a comprehensive.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers were among a score of House and Senate members at a White House meeting Tuesday to try to resolve an impasse over immigration reform and the soon-to-expire deferred-deportation program known as DACA. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, were part of the bipartisan group that met Tuesday.
WASHINGTON – Frontline border agents told a House panel Tuesday that a wall is just one thing needed to secure the southern border, saying they also need better technology, more officers and better incentives to attract and keep agents. The officials from the unions representing Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection workers said their.
LA SIERRA GORDA, Queretaro, Mexico – Martha Isabel “Pati” Ruiz Corzo has spent her life fighting for the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, a national conservation area that covers one-third of the central Mexican state of Queretaro. “The Sierra Gorda is a national treasure,” says Ruiz, who was the federal director of the reserve for 14.
So many of my conversations in Mexico felt like a movement toward my own personal understanding. Not only do I feel like I know more about the events between the U.S. and Mexico between 1810 and 2010, but I understand a little more about the feelings of some of the Mexicans living in the heart.
QUERETARO, Mexico – Mexico is facing something it never thought would happen: the possibility that NAFTA, the trade agreement that shaped the country’s economic policies over the last two decades, might disappear. But just as some Mexican officials try to convince President Donald Trump that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been beneficial for.
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in 1993, Mexico has experienced rapid economic growth. As education levels and financial status have risen and a booming aeronautics and auto industry has emerged, Mexicans now want to be seen as an equal partner to the U.S. — and.
COLON, Queretaro, Mexico – From a stretch of highway in the heart of Mexico, rows of white rectangular structures appear against a backdrop of hills and low brush. A few minutes’ drive farther reveals an entry checkpoint resembling that of a military base. This formidable entrance opens to what could be the prototype for Mexico’s.
QUERÉTARO — Aurelio Martínez Moran stands on the land he’s worked for nearly 22 years. He leans against his red pickup truck and looks out at the fields where workers tend to rows of corn, chili, zucchini and tomatillo. At 18, he was like them, a field worker. Now he rents and farms 30 acres.
WASHINGTON – When the Great Recession began 10 years ago this month, experts say Latino workers in Arizona were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heavily represented in construction and agriculture, two industries that were particularly hard hit, and generally younger than the overall state population, unemployment among Hispanics in Arizona soared from.
In September, we began a countdown to Dec. 8, the day some Democratic lawmakers hoped would let them force a vote on the Dream Act by threatening to scuttle the budget that expired that day, potentially shutting the government down. Dec. 8 has come and gone. The budget has passed and the government is open,.
PHOENIX – From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico to a supermarket store in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border where the process gets delayed the most because ports of entry.
WASHINGTON – Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate. The Arizona numbers reflect a national increase of 35 percent over the same period, according to.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Twitter his support for a tax reform bill if it included a “growth-oriented” solution for DREAMers, as well as the elimination of the “$85 million expensing budget gimmick.” “Having secured both of those objectives, I am pleased to announce I will vote in support the tax reform bill,”.
MARYVALE — Teen pregnancy, difficult living situations, immigration status and mental or physical disabilities are some of the reasons young people in the United States become ‘disconnected.’ According to Measure of America, ‘disconnected youth’ is a term for teens and youth between 16 and 24 years old, and who are not enrolled in school or.
PHOENIX – Selling jewelry, clothing and food wasn’t the only idea behind La Luna Markets. Giving residents an opportunity to skip crowded retail lines and the ability to shop local were also top goals on the minds of the organizers. During Small Business Saturday, Azukar Coffee Shop, a South Phoenix cafe, hosted the market, an.
On one side of the debate are the people who are demanding protection for those covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. They march. They chant. They protest. On the other side, opponents are just as convinced of their positions. But maybe not as loud. Our theme song is “Zoo Bells” and we.
PHOENIX — Growing up as a member of the LGBTQ community can already be a struggle for many. For some Latino youths, their journey is made even more difficult because of several factors such as the conservative, male dominated and religious nature of their culture. These are some of the reasons why members of Trans.
PHOENIX – It can be daunting to try and get health care when someone does not speak the language or does not have the legal status to navigate an already complicated system. Phoenix for Allies Community Health is one place members of the immigrant community can turn to, regardless of their status. Luis Edgar Chavez.
Alma Telibecirevic grew up and went to college in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the Balkan wars in the 1990s. As a young artist living in war, she uses art as a form of communication now. How do humans release this kind of trauma? Telibecirevic now lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.
TUCSON – The groups were separated by a street, metal barriers and police officers. On one side, a man shouted into his megaphone. “The people united will never be defeated!” On the other side, a woman yelled into her megaphone. “The people united, are gonna be deported!” On Saturday afternoon in Tucson, ex-White House Chief.
PHOENIX – One Phoenix mayoral candidate could make history with their win, and one already has. If Councilwoman Kate Gallego wins, she’ll be the third-ever female mayor of Phoenix and the first since the 1990s, when Thelda Williams served as interim mayor for eight months. But Gallego has already made history as the first woman.
TEMPE – When Talia Fuentes fills out the race/ethnicity portion of the United States Census, she checks three boxes: Hispanic, Native American, and Caucasian. But up until 2000, Fuentes, and others like her, would have only been able to check one box. According to the U.S. Census, in the year 2000 about 6.8 million Americans.
PHOENIX — Kayla White was 12 years old that winter morning when her life was changed forever. On Jan. 2, 2009, White’s mother was killed by her father, becoming a victim of domestic violence. “That’s when I heard my uncle say, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to tell Kayla your mom didn’t make it,’”.
MESA – As trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada is debated by top negotiators in Mexico City, one Arizona city is working on a long-term, million-dollar project that will potentially increase trade with Mexico. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board will vote in the next few days to approve a master development agreement.
PHOENIX ‒ As a border state, Arizona plays a dual role in some of President Donald Trump’s policy proposals. It wants the border to be shielded from drug smuggling and undocumented immigration, but still be open for trade with Mexico. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who endorsed Trump during his campaign, has distanced himself.
PHOENIX – Memories of the battlefield were brought back to life at “Los Veteranos De Arizona” art exhibit. Those behind the show said the idea behind it is to serve as a platform for local Latino veterans to come together and share their stories of war through art. In honor of Veterans Day, The Sagrado.
They are the minority of the minorities, the recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who come from countries you may not immediately associate with DACA. In this fourth episode of our In Focus DACA Special Report, we talk with the young immigrants from countries other than Mexico – who account for one in five.
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of protesters packed the lobby of a Senate office building Thursday, their chants echoing off the marble walls as they demanded that Congress vote to protect DACA recipients. Fifteen were arrested, including one protester from Arizona who later said on social media that she was willing to risk arrest in order to.
FOUNTAIN HILLS — Maria Torres sat in her daughter’s living room remembering the day Hurricane Maria made landfall in her town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, and changed her life forever. Maria recalled waking up in the morning to go to the bathroom and found her feet covered in water after her entire home had flooded..
PHOENIX — The future of the Chinese Cultural Center is still uncertain as the community awaits a judge’s decision in an upcoming hearing. The hearing is part of a lawsuit brought forth by CJ Design & Construction Corporation, which owns Szechwan Palace, a restaurant located within the center. The Nov. 17 evidentiary hearing will decide.
SECOND MESA – Houses and corn fields dot the Hopi reservation, spread across three mesas in northeastern Arizona and circled by the much larger Navajo Nation. The seemingly barren Hopi land carries a rich, centuries old history and, now, an uncertain economic future. New leadership – tribal members will choose a new chairman and vice.
PHOENIX — “They’re our brothers and sisters that are just a couple states away,” Margarete Nasir said. “The church was a small church like ours.” On Sunday, a gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. After the rampage, 26 people were dead. While details of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement Monday. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said late Monday that the department would end protective status for about.
PHOENIX — A recent report about the future of a proposed Latino cultural center in Phoenix found “a significant need” for the center, a place where local artists and community will have a voice in arts that reflect their heritage. In 2001, a successful bond election set aside $1 million to renovate the Museo Chicano.
PHOENIX – Sam Staas was designated female when he was born. It took years before he realized he was a boy. He was 6 years old when, as a girl, he wore dresses to family weddings, sobbing, relying on his mother’s promise they could burn the dresses when he returned home. He lost a good.
MESA ‒ For new Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista, engaging with the community is just as important, if not more, than “catching bad guys.” “It’s important for all of us to get out of the car and walk and meet the community,” Batista said during the Latino Town Hall meeting in Mesa on Saturday, where.
PHOENIX — Thousands of miles from home, ten 17-year-old young men living in Arizona found a way to connect to their roots. Over the past summer, these young men participated in a workshop which gave them an outlet to express themselves, their journeys, and their artistic ability. These aren’t everyday 17-year-olds, though. They’re currently living.
On a riverbank in Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, residents take part in vibrant ceremonies practiced for generations, celebrating a woman’s coming of age or praying for a sick person’s recovery. But to do this, they must ignore sprawling piles of trash just feet away. Torn up mattresses, rusted out appliances, broken glass, adult.
PHOENIX – They arrive at the federal courthouse each Friday, their hair neatly combed, dressed in the best clothes they own or can borrow. The oldest is 17 years old. The youngest is 5. All of them are unaccompanied minors living in shelters, waiting to be reunited with a parent or guardian, granted asylum, or.
PHOENIX – Not too many people would be excited to get up before sunrise on a Saturday morning but that is exactly what hundreds of people did in one Valley area, not only cleaning it up but also aiming to give those who live there a sense of pride in their neighborhood. A predominantly Latino.
PHOENIX — “This connects us to our ancient, indigenous past.” Día de los Muertos, an annual holiday celebrated in Mexican culture and by those of Mexican descent, has rituals dating back 3,000 years. In anticipation of the multi-day festivities honoring those who have passed on, hundreds gathered over the weekend at Steele Indian School Park.
PHOENIX – Six years ago, it was a young intern who helped save Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s life in a shooting that shocked Arizona and the nation. Now, that same intern has made history again by helping to found the first LGBT Caucus in the Arizona Legislature. Daniel Hernandez, who now represents District 2 in the.
“When student rights are under attack, what do we do?” “STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!” TEMPE – Last Thursday, the student organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity lead a march in support of DACA students. Dozens of students marched through Arizona State University’s main campus, chanting and holding signs. One sign read “education, not politics.” Another.
PHOENIX ‒ With only four months left to pass legislation to protect DREAMers, dozens of Arizona State University students gathered Thursday on the Tempe campus to advocate for a solid DREAM Act, while also protesting against the lawsuits that would deny them access to in-state tuition. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump cancelled the program.
TEMPE — One takeaway from the Arizona Computer Assisted Language Learning conference was that mixing technology and languages, could soon make textbooks a thing of the past. For the intermediate Spanish students in Silvana Domaz’ virtual classroom, some assignments have involved the use of WhatsApp, a free mobile application which lets users chat in real.
TUCSON — Artist Alvaro Enciso lives on the Northeast side of Tumamoc Hill in a house full of art, including three-foot white crosses created to deliver a deeper message about death. “The Sonoran Desert has a secret,” the artist said. “Not very many people know about 3,000 casualties here, 2,000 people missing.” Enciso’s art is.
PHOENIX — Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico roughly 36 days ago, a number etched in Amber Cordoba’s mind as she thinks about the destruction and chaos faced day after day by those still on the island. Cordoba said Puerto Rico has a special place in her heart, and she had.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that there is a growing sense of urgency for a Dream Act vote – and a growing sense that they will delay the next budget bill in December if there is not a vote by then. “We are making it apparent and clear to our own leadership that this.
PHOENIX – Shantelle Satchel was 17 years old when she met the man who would change her life forever back in Milwaukee. Two years later, he shot her in the face because he saw her getting out of a car with two men. “I still have a bullet in my mandible. It caused nerve damage..
WASHINGTON – Yesenia Chavarria traveled from Arizona and joined scores of immigrants outside the White House Tuesday to plead for an extension of their temporary protected status, a problem one expert calls “the most important issue most people have never heard of.” The program currently protects at least 300,000 immigrants – 1,100 of them in.
WASHINGTON – Phoenix Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney joined local officials from across the country Tuesday who said it’s not their job to do the work of federal immigration authorities. Dohoney joined state and local officials on a conference call in which they said that helping federal agencies in raids and in “rounding people up.
PHOENIX – Hundreds of people gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center last Friday to learn more about the diverse opportunities within the Phoenix Police Department, and for many it was also a chance to see if they had what it takes to join the ranks. Sgt. Alan Pfohl hoped the event would provide more information.
MESA – Visitors to antique shops on Main Street in Mesa will see stores crammed with primarily benign American memorabilia. A 19th century record player, a vintage 1990s Barbie, or a campaign button promoting Richard Nixon for president line the shelves. Then, the eyes flit across something more startling. A set of spice jars in.
WASHINGTON – Colleges and universities may not be able to change immigration law, but they can do more to help those students faced with losing their protection from deportation. That was the message from a panel of immigration advocates this week who urged college students across the nation to push school administrators for policies that.
PHOENIX — “Let’s all take one deep breath together, and I’d like you to turn to the person to the left, or right of you and I’d like you to say to them, ‘I’m glad you’re here and I will not forget this moment,’” said Jenny McLellan, in front of those who attended the 22nd.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he could accept a DACA replacement bill if it is coupled with border security measures, and that any deal has to be “more than just an amnesty.” Sessions also defended the administration’s decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,.
PHOENIX – A woman sat at a table, patiently sewing an orange sugar skull with blue eyes and a pink button nose. She untangled a ball of yarn and worked nimbly, adding a flower bow and a black mouth. At a different table in the same room, someone cut purple paper and taped it to.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to boost its efforts targeting businesses by “four to five times” and will prosecute employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, the acting director of the agency said Tuesday. Thomas Homan said the goal of the new policy is to cut off the supply of jobs that will.
PHOENIX – Arizona law enforcement agencies seek to fill hundreds of vacancies, focusing efforts on increasing diversity and recruiting high school- and college-age students. Representatives from about 20 public safety departments around Arizona, including Phoenix and Flagstaff police, and Customs and Border Protection, will recruit at a law-enforcement career fair in Phoenix on Saturday. .
WASHINGTON – Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation. In a letter to House and Senate leaders Sunday, President Donald Trump said he.
PHOENIX ‒ Dolores Huerta is a woman of many facets. Political activist, union leader, mother and a civil and women’s rights icon. She is also one of the most underrated public figures in recent history. In her early 30s, Huerta was one of the first minority women to work as a lobbyist in the California.
PHOENIX — Hispanic Heritage Month is observed across the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and it celebrates the cultures, customs and traditions of many Latin countries. On a perfect fall evening in downtown Phoenix, ‘Tour de Hispanica’ aimed to do just that. The Arizona State University Programming and Activities Board for the.
NOGALES, Mexico – Sixty truck drivers scribbled notes in a Mexican warehouse last month as they listened to a United States border inspection officer describe the types of things officers examine during border inspections. Flat tires. Broken headlights. Cargo that’s not secured. The group gathered as part of a new program the Arizona Department of.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake unveiled a proposal Thursday that would extend some protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding and new restrictions on who could be eligible for deferred deportation. The Arizona Republican’s “Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act” joins an increasingly crowded field of bills that aim to.
WASHINGTON – More than one in four of the estimated 154,200 immigrants who stand to lose their DACA protection in the next five months did not meet Thursday’s deadline to apply for a renewal, according to numbers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Oct. 5 deadline was set last month when the Trump administration.
PHOENIX – Jazmin Nuñez was born in the United States, and therefore is a citizen — but her sister is not. That’s why for the past month, Nuñez has worked hard to help people do what her own sister can’t: renew their DACA status. Nuñez has been volunteering with Living United for Change in Arizona,.
PHOENIX – On an empty lot at the corner of 13th and Jefferson Streets, community members and leaders gathered Saturday for a march under the hot Valley sun. The theme was the empowerment of African-American women. Phoenix was one of several cities that held similar demonstrations across the country that day. Many of those who.
PHOENIX — Members of Arizona’s Chinese community are facing an uncertain resolution when it comes to the future of their beloved cultural center. On Tuesday, a federal judge decided not to grant the Arizona Foundation for Chinese Religious Rights, or AFCRR, an injunction it sought halting any new construction on the site. The decision came.
PHOENIX — Jose Guadalupe Conchas stood in front of five candles adorned with black roses, and carefully lit each one as a symbolic tribute to the recent string of disasters, natural and man-made. The most recent one being the deadly massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The next night, the United States flag waved.
WASHINGTON – Senate sponsors of the latest Dream Act assured over 100 young immigrants Wednesday that “the nation is poised to do the right thing” and protect them after the DACA program expires next year. The comments came at a “DREAMer Advocacy Day” event at the Capitol where DACA recipients from across the country, dressed.
PHOENIX – Jazmin Nuñez spends her days at Living United for Change In Arizona (LUCHA) helping DACA recipients navigate the murky waters of their future. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s plan to end DACA, the Department of Homeland Security instituted a deadline. DACA recipients whose protections would expire between Sept..
PHOENIX – Immediately after Magan Carter’s baby was born, doctors put feeding tubes down his throat and hooked him up to an oxygen machine. He couldn’t breathe and had to use a feeding tube. Amari was in an incubator for three months. Carter’s pregnancy lasted 26 weeks and four days. As an African-American woman, the.
WASHINGTON – Senators agreed Tuesday that a legislative fix will be needed to protect DACA recipients, but differed over how far it should go and how to get there with just five months until the current program expires. The comments came in a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate.
PHOENIX — In a warehouse in north Phoenix on Saturday morning, a woman sat on the floor among piles of toothbrushes, toilet paper and soap. She packed a cardboard box full of diapers then taped it shut. A man picked up the box and set it against the wall. The woman started fresh with a.
PHOENIX — Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary “Tribal Justice.” The documentary features two chief judges from tribes in Arizona and California, and highlights some of the issues found on reservations, including lack of federal funding and guardianship.
PHOENIX – A woman woke up one morning and found the menorah adorning her yard had been twisted into a symbol of hate overnight: a swastika. Some might think this happened in Nazi Germany in the 1940s, but no. This particular act of hatred took place last December in Chandler. Incidents of hate crimes involving.
TEMPE -Sexual assault. S.B. 1070. Cultural Identity. Those were some of the many topics, narratives, and themes woven into the poems, dances and songs performed by students and community members at an open mic night, but this wasn’t your typical open mic night. This event was specifically held to welcome bilingual — en Ingles y.
PHOENIX – Leaving behind violence and poverty, a Central American family travels thousands of miles by foot, train, and bus. Once they finally arrive at the U.S. border, they have one more difficult decision to make: carry a bag full of marijuana and cross the desert with some help, or risk their life and cross.
PHOENIX — When the White House announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, undefeated boxer Alexis Zazueta began his most important fight yet: to stay in his hometown of Phoenix. “President Trump removing DACA is like removing his wings and preventing him from flying,” said his mother, Rafaela Zazueta Aceves, of.
SAN LUIS – Every year, the organization Chicanos Por La Causa, honors Latino teachers in Arizona who go above and beyond — inside and outside their classrooms — with the Esperanza Latino Teacher of the Year award. This year, three teachers from Maricopa County received the award but it was one teacher from San Luis.
PHOENIX – On National Voter Registration Day, Ali Scotten stood outside Caspian Food Market. He held a clipboard and walked back and forth in front of the store. His goal was to register Iranian-Americans to vote, and what better place to do that than a grocery store which sells Iranian food? Scotten is the head.
PHOENIX – Until recently, President Donald Trump’s travel bans included countries where primarily the Muslim religion was dominant. That changed, however, over the weekend, when he included two new countries: North Korea and Venezuela. “Making America safe is my number one priority,” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. “We will not admit those into.
PHOENIX — Dance has long been considered a physical form of socialization and fun. Last week, however, a crowd of more than 250 people gathered in Downtown Phoenix to learn how it could be used for something completely different — activism. What was expected to be a crowd of 100 people quickly turned into more.
PHOENIX – A circle of yellow cempasúchil flowers. An altar with books and candles. A religious portrait. A basket in the middle. All symbolic elements the Mexican culture uses to honor and represent death. This was the scene on Saturday at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, where the audience was taken on a journey.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano called for statutory protection for DACA recipients, but expressed little confidence Friday it will come from a Congress that has been unable to pass real immigration reform the country “sorely needs.” Napolitano was Homeland Security secretary when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began in 2012, and.
SCOTTSDALE — Nearly three days after a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico, efforts to find victims trapped in the rubble and help survivors continue. On Tuesday morning, while Mexican citizens were commuting, and children were in the middle of school, buildings started to shake and crumble. Hundreds have died, trapped, and the Mexican.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano thinks there is a deal to be had in the current renegotiation of NAFTA, if the deterioration of relations between the United States and Mexico doesn’t get in the way of finding common goals. Her comments came at a daylong forum at the Washington center for the University.
TUCSON – Jason Ground has two main reasons to enjoy the stretch of the “new” Santa Cruz River that runs through Tucson. As a communications specialist with Pima County, he’s been involved with the project to make the river healthier and stronger in the last few years, but on a more personal level as a.
PHOENIX — As the weeks go by, DACA recipients know time is running out. That’s why on Wednesday morning, several of them walked into the Phoenix offices of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA). They wrote their names on a sign-in sheet and carried folders of paperwork. They took seats next to volunteers. It.
PHOENIX — Adonias Arevalo, an organizer with the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, looked directly at his audience during the community meeting and asked a question: “How are you feeling today?” “Angry.” “Sad.” “Anxious.” Many of these feelings have seemed to become a constant for these young immigrants after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the.
Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson was arrested Tuesday morning during a protest in front of the Trump Tower in New York City, according to information from his campaign office. Democratic Reps. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York, and Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito were also arrested,.
PHOENIX — “It’s like another board game for them. Both the Democrats and the Trump administration. It’s always a game and they’re gambling with our lives,” Francisco Luna said. Last Wednesday, President Donald Trump had dinner with Democratic heavyweights Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. It was after that dinner when reports.
PHOENIX – Local organizations, community leaders and immigration attorneys are teaming up to give donations, organize fundraising events and offer free legal services for the DACA recipients who have less than a month to apply for renewals. President Donald Trump’s decision to phase-out the Obama-era program in the next six months allowed renewals only for.
PHOENIX – To community members and Valley residents who gathered at First Church UCC to discuss ‘white privilege,’ the topic is no black and white matter. While some in the room were more than willing to speak openly, others seemed more cautious to share and participate, but as the night went on, the conversations started.
WASHINGTON – As he prepared to leave Washington and head back to Sahuarita after two weeks of praying and lobbying for the DREAM Act, the Rev. Randy Mayer said he was frustrated by the slow progress – but not surprised. “Every time I see the immigration conversations come up in Washington, D.C., they never go.
WASHINGTON – It was the greatest political deal that was – until it wasn’t. Unless it still is. After Democratic leaders said Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Donald Trump to preserve DACA, without a border wall requirement, social media exploded – along with some Republican members of Congress. But official.
PHOENIX — In a case that seems to be about he said/she said/he said, one thing is for sure: DREAMers say they are still not clear on the potential future of the program that allows them to stay in the United States. It’s been less that 24 hours since news broke that the two main.
PHOENIX — Two weeks after DACA was rescinded by President Donald Trump, many supporters and dissenters have now shifted their focus to the DREAM Act. The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act was originally introduced in August 2001 by Sens. Dick Durbin (R-Illinois) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In its current form, the.
PHOENIX – Dozens of voices were heard during Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, where a large number of members from the Valley’s Chinese community came out in defense of the cultural center they say is ground zero for their community in the Valley. After more than two hours of discussions, the council voted in favor.
PHOENIX – Tall corporate buildings, brand new modern apartment complexes and fancy restaurants compose most of Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. However, just a few miles down, south of Salt River, it’s a different story. Small, family-owned businesses, abandoned buildings and empty lots become the scenery. The “south side,” as it’s commonly known, is home.
PHOENIX – Shock, fear and uncertainty are all common feelings for Liliana Reyes during this time period of her life. Just nearly a week after learning of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Reyes, a third-time DACA recipient, is trying to put together a plan for a future.
TEMPE — On Saturday afternoon, Latif Ahmed stood on a sidewalk in Tempe holding a red, white and blue sign reading “I’M A MUSLIM ASK ME ANYTHING.” He laughed when asked if the American color scheme was purposeful. “What do you think?” Ahmed said. “We are just as American as you are. We like the.
WASHINGTON – A Hispanic-owned construction company from Sierra Vista won one of four contracts awarded this week to build prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks. KWR Construction Inc. was chosen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build a demonstration section of.
WASHINGTON – Hispanic House members took a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook Friday, saying they are willing to risk a government shutdown later this year if they cannot get a vote on the DREAM Act. Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said the “vast majority” of Democrats are behind.
CHANDLER – The moon was still visible when close to a dozen Valley residents gathered at a gas station in Chandler. They were about to begin their long drive toward Houston, Texas, to deliver supplies and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Close to two weeks after the massive hurricane made landfall in southern.
PHOENIX — On Thursday evening, Arizona State University students crowded into a makeshift conference room, pulling chairs into a circle. When there wasn’t any room left, some students sat on the floor in the middle. They took turns introducing themselves – sharing their names, their majors and their fears about the repeal of DACA. The.
PHOENIX — After President Donald Trump’s official DACA decision was announced earlier this week, DREAMers now turn their focus to what could be next for them. DACA recipients and supporters came together at a local church Wednesday in Phoenix to learn more about the president’s latest policy changes. Hosted by Daniel Rodriguez, Arizona’s first undocumented.
TEMPE — A film about a young Latina in Los Angeles torn between her personal ambitions and her conservative family’s expectations opens the door to a conversation about the need for the authentic portrayal of Latinas in film. Arizona State University students, faculty and community members gathered to view a special screening of “Real Women.
PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s tweet early Thursday morning about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, left some wondering what he meant exactly, with many Twitter users expressing confusion. Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a six-month phase-out of the Obama’s administration program, the president suggested that DACA recipients had.
WASHINGTON – Arizona DREAMers joined other advocates on Capitol Hill Wednesday as Democrats called for a quick vote on a “clean” DREAM Act, which would keep many of the protections that could be lost if DACA is revoked. The event came one day after the Trump administration announced plans to phase out the Deferred Action.
PHOENIX — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA. “I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said. As the news about DACA.
PHOENIX – Tuesday’s announcement on the phase-out of the DACA program left recipients with many questions regarding what their legal options are and what steps they now may need to follow. DACA recipients are very diverse, ranging from college students, employees, business owners and parents or spouses of U.S. citizens. Cronkite News spoke with immigration.