Borderlands

Advocates urge immigrants to act fast, as higher citizenship fees loom

WASHINGTON - Immigration experts and advocates in Arizona are urging people to file their paperwork as soon as possible as federal agencies eye steeper processing fees across a broad range of citizenship forms.

Citizenship Rush

Where should Phoenix build the Latino Cultural Center?

PHOENIX – As Phoenix moves forward with plans to build a Latino Cultural Center, the location remains uncertain.


DHS to send migrants from Tucson to El Paso, to be sent back to Mexico

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said it will bus asylum seekers from Tucson to El Paso, Texas, where they will be sent back to Mexico to await a decision on their claims under the Trump administration's Migration Protection Protocols.


Arizona poll: Republicans, Democrats far apart on immigration, gun control, climate

PHOENIX - A Morrison Institute for Public Policy poll shows Republicans’ and Democrats’ have “separate thoughts” on immigration, climate change, affordable housing and gun control, among other issues. The poll may also reveal the growing political power of independents in Arizona.


House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

WASHINGTON - A House committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration.


A pitch for brotherhood: Somali refugee starts soccer team for fellow Africans

PHOENIX – Since arriving in the United States as a refugee from Somalia 13 years ago, Mahad Mohamed has united Arizona’s African refugee community with soccer.


Lawmakers spar over Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ rule for asylum seekers

WASHINGTON - House members sparred Tuesday over the Trump administration's so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers, with Democrats calling it unsafe and "abhorrent" and Republicans saying it has helped reduce a massive backlog in immigration courts.


Border wall opens – temporarily – for the annual Misa Fronteriza along the Rio Grande

EL PASO, Texas – El Pasoans, citizens of Ciudad Juarez and Las Cruces, N.M., gathered on opposite sides of the Rio Grande Canal to celebrate their religion and the bonds that transcend the border.


Protesters demand end to Phoenix police crime-suppression sweeps on light rail

PHOENIX – The nonprofit group LUCHA gathered in front of Phoenix Valley Metro headquarters in downtown Phoenix to demand it stop working with the Phoenix Police Department.


Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border

WASHINGTON - Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump's decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.


Family apprehensions at border fell below adults apprehended in October

WASHINGTON - For the first time in at least a year, more adult immigrants were apprehended at the southern border than families in October, according to numbers released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection.


#ElPasoStrong: Walmart near border reopens three months after mass shooting

EL PASO, Texas – Walmart associates return to work at the Cielo Vista Walmart three months after a gunman massacred 22 people and wounded 24 others.