Borderlands

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.


Sen. McSally, Mark Kelly clash over issues ranging from COVID-19 to border security in Senate debate

PHOENIX – Martha McSally and challenger Mark Kelly clashed over border security, COVID-19 response, and China in the only public debate of the 2020 U.S. Senate race.


Suns’ Ty Jerome helps raise awareness for Hoops 4 Humanity initiatives through fantasy football

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns guard Ty Jerome teamed up with the Brogdon Family Foundation to raise awareness and money for Hoops 4 Humanity by playing fantasy football.


Judge halts fee hike that would have nearly doubled cost of citizenship

WASHINGTON - A federal judge late Tuesday blocked a steep increase in application fees set to take effect Friday for people seeking U.S. citizenship, an increase that advocates feared would have locked many immigrants out.

Citizenship Rush

Hooligans With Heart: Phoenix Rising’s Red Fury reaches out to refugees

PHOENIX - Phoenix Rising FC supporters group the Red Fury raises funds for refugees at the North Phoenix Christian Soccer Club.


Feds cite safety for Quitobaquito closing; critics see other motives

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service cited public safety concerns for its decision this week to prohibit access to a sacred Tohono O'odham site, a move that comes amid rising tensions between border wall protestors and federal agents.


Court says House can sue White House over funds diverted to border wall

WASHINGTON - Critics of the Trump administration's border wall on Monday welcomed a court ruling that breathed new life into a congressional lawsuit challenging the White House's decision to divert funds to the project from other agencies.


USCIS scrambles to resume naturalizations after COVID-19, budget cuts

WASHINGTON - After 15 years in the U.S., Perla Macias dreamed of the day when she would become a citizen - but her dream was delayed six months this year as COVID-19, then budget cuts, hit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' ability to deliver services.