Borderlands

For Sonora’s tianguistas, other informal workers, COVID-19 brings unique challenges

Tianguistas – flea markets – in Sonora have been effectively shut out from their main supplier. The COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions have hit the industry hard.


After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

WASHINGTON - After years of steadily slashing the number of refugees it will accept, President-elect Joe Biden has said that he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 from the Trump administration's current cap of 15,000.


Biden’s work cut out for him in plan to undo Trump immigration policy

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has promised to roll back many Trump administration immigration policies - but he's got his work cut out for him, as President Donald Trump has touched virtually every part of the issue, from the wall to travel bans.


Immigration advocates hail DACA reinstatement; DHS promises appeal

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said Monday it will abide by a court order - for now - to start accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications, a move that could affect an estimated 682,000 undocumented immigrants.

DACA stays

Census: Not sure it can exclude migrants, but wants to be left to try

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said it does not know how many immigrants might be excluded from the Census under a 2019 presidential order, but it still urged the Supreme Court on Monday to overturn lower courts that blocked the proposal.


‘We hold these truths to be’ A, B or C? Citizenship test gets harder

WASHINGTON - The civics test. long been a crucial part of the citizenship process, gets its first update in decade next week, with twice the questions but the same passing score. USCIS calls it needed upgrade, critics see anti-immigrant motives behind the move.

Citizenship Rush

Trump support among Latinos steady; still trails Democrats by far

WASHINGTON - Recent polls suggest that about one in three Latino voters will support President Donald Trump this fall. But the also show that, while Trump's numbers may be higher than expected, Latino voters as a whole are firmly in the Democrats' camp.


Report: Migrant deaths in the desert have reached seven-year high

WASHINGTON - Remains of 181 migrants were found in the Arizona desert through the end of September, 37 more than in all of last year and the most since 2013. The increase comes in a year of extremely harsh weather, but also of fewer border crossings.


Supreme Court to hear Trump plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the Trump administration can use an emergency declaration to divert $2.5 billion on Defense Department funds to construct the southern border wall.


State, tribal leaders condemn use of force against border protesters

WASHINGTON - Tohono O'odham and congressional officials are condemning the "utterly shameful" use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a small group of people during a peaceful border wall protest Monday near Ajo.


COVID-19, faltering economy cited as border numbers plummet for 2020

WASHINGTON - The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border fell sharply in fiscal 2020, a drop analysts attribute in large part fears of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic havoc left in its wake.


Detention center in Eloy has most COVID-19 cases of any ICE facility

PHOENIX – La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases of any immigrant detention facility in the country.