Borderlands

Trump’s aim of skirting birthright citizenship draws backlash, skeptics

WASHINGTON - Arizona native Francisco Fernandez holds a college degree and a job with a nonprofit in the nation's capital - none of which, he said, would have been possible without the citizenship status conferred on him at birth, a right that could be dismantled for others if President Donald Trump has his way.

Administration plans to send 5,200 active-duty military to assist at border

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration confirmed plans to send 5,200 active military troops to help "harden" the Southwest border to deter a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants headed north through Mexico, with the first 800 troops already on their way.

ICE housing migrants at motels

The flow of undocumented migrants who are entering the United States and seeking asylum has prompted Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house many families in locations throughout the state.

Protesters call for end to ‘hottie’ Native American costumes based on stereotypes

PHOENIX – More than 23,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Yandy.com to stop selling more than 40 Native American costumes organizers say misrepresent and sexualize indigenous people. Protesters said the Phoenix-based company should show the same respect it offered when a social-media furor led it to pull a costume inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale.

Latino voter turnout likely to rise, driven by immigration, health care

WASHINGTON - Just under a half-million Latino voters are expected to go to the polls in Arizona this fall, a 33 percent increase from the 2014 midterm elections that reflects growing numbers and hot-button issues like immigration and health care, according to a new report.

Immigrant apprehensions up in 2018 in Arizona, all of Southwest border

WASHINGTON - The number of people apprehended at the Arizona border jumped more than 50 percent in fiscal 2018 from the year before, U.S Customs and Border Protection said, with increases in the Tucson and Yuma sectors outpacing the rate of growth along the rest of the Southwest border.

Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump threatened to "seal the southern border" with troops if that's what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S., a tweet that was greeted skeptically in Washington where many saw it as a political ploy, not a policy statement.