Immigration

Arizona 2018 Elections: Kyrsten Sinema - U.S. Senate
Congress is again working to try to solve the problems at the border; one proposal comes from Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Among other provisions, the bill would aim to improve the process for asylum seekers and open up regional processing centers to better manage the flow of migrants.
May. 21, 2021
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The country’s largest law enforcement agency is trying to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. But it’s also not tracking how many of its employees are vaccinated, calling that a personal choice.
May. 19, 2021
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The surge of migrants crossing into the U.S. has once again raised the issue of whether Congress can address the issues of immigration reform and border security.
May. 11, 2021
Maritza L. Félix and Valeria Fernández
Journalists Valeria Fernandez and Maritza Felix have covered immigration and immigrants in the region for many Spanish-language outlets. But in all of that reporting, they’ve seen something missing — especially for immigrant women. That’s why they’re combining forces to create a new podcast that launches May 10 called "Comadres Al Aire."
May. 10, 2021
Volunteers pack large containers with resources needed to support refugees living in camps around the world.
President Biden initially indicated he would maintain the Trump administration's number of refugees allowed into the country, but after some back and forth, the administration has announced the new cap will be 62,500. And there are ambitions to push the number higher than that in subsequent years.
May. 7, 2021
Immigrants at a facility in Donna, Texas
Last month, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing what many are calling the crisis on our southern border. It’s called the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act," and it includes a large investment in personnel and resources in the current system. But many pro-immigrant rights groups have come out strongly against the bill.
May. 6, 2021
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The Biden administration is touting a dramatic drop in the number of unaccompanied minors held in Border Patrol facilities in the past month — an 84% drop, to be exact. But that hasn't stopped many immigrants and immigrant rights groups from voicing their concerns about the lack of action from the Democratic administration.
May. 4, 2021
Border Patrol Tucson tent facility
A temporary tent facility that the Border Patrol will use to process asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border is ready for operation in Tucson. The 80,000 square foot facility has capacity to hold up to 500 people, though the agency says COVID-19 precautions will reduce that by about half.
Apr. 29, 2021
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
The human rights non-profit Amnesty International recently presented its 2020 report in which Mexico shows an alarming development. According to the report, impunity, austerity, indifference and the deployment of the armed forces are becoming increasing worrisome.
Apr. 23, 2021
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A local aid group said the federal government has dropped 100-200 individual migrants at the bus station this week, while a local shelter for them has gone mostly unused.
Apr. 22, 2021
Forty world leaders are meeting virtually Thursday and Friday at the Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss stronger global environmental actions. Two Mexican guests, one activist and the president, offered conflicting perspectives.
Apr. 22, 2021
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Four people suspected of human smuggling are in custody after raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol on Thursday morning at two locations south of downtown Phoenix.
Apr. 22, 2021
Migrants wait outside KBI
Many people were hopeful that President Biden would quickly undo Trump-era policies that cut off access to asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. But nearly 100 days into his presidency, that protection remains elusive for most.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
Apr. 22, 2021
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The new president established a list of priorities for his administration to achieve by his 100th day in office. The week of April 26, a new KJZZ series looks at how those policies play out for Arizona.
Apr. 22, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey said he is sending the Arizona National Guard to the border. Citing more than 170,000 apprehensions at the Southwest border last month, Ducey said the Border Patrol is overwhelmed while local law enforcement, mayors and nonprofit businesses are calling out for help.
Apr. 20, 2021
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More bodies of undocumented immigrants who died trying to cross through Arizona were recovered from the desert even as apprehensions dropped, a new study by the University of Arizona has found.
Apr. 19, 2021
Mexico’s president has a plan to try to stop climate change and Central American migration simultaneously. And to make it happen, he wants support from the United States.
Apr. 19, 2021
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey called out federal authorities Friday for not picking up undocumented people on the side of a metro Phoenix highway.
Apr. 16, 2021
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More information is emerging about a tent like facility that the U.S. Border Patrol is planning to erect in Tucson to house asylum seekers. Mayor Regina Romero says details have been sparse.
Apr. 14, 2021
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A government contract that gives certain migrant families hotel rooms in Arizona was driven by a change in the demographics of who comes to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Apr. 13, 2021

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