Immigration Law

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Expert: Will Texas Follow in Arizona's (Losing) Footsteps?
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jorge Cancino, Univision, Aug. 3, 2021 "An El Paso, Texas, district judge temporarily blocked an order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday that gave Texas border state police extraordinary powers to stop vehicles if officers had reasonable... Read More

Free, Public Virtual Events: Driving While Brown (New Book!)
Posted on 27 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Join top border journalists Jude Joffe-Block and Terry Greene Sterling as they discuss their new book, Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance . The book chronicles former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's unprecedented... Read More

Tags: arpaio , Arizona , border

Indigenous Border Activists Arrested, Thrown in Immigration Jail, Chained, Denied Lawyers
Posted on 23 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Sept. 16, 2020 "Two indigenous women who were arrested by federal agents while attempting to block border wall construction in southern Arizona last week say they were chained and held incommunicado by the government... Read More

Tags: Arizona , border

Arizona Border Activist Acquitted of Harboring
Posted on 21 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press, Nov. 20, 2019 "An activist was quickly acquitted Wednesday on charges he illegally harbored two Central American immigrants at a southern Arizona camp operated by a humanitarian group. The verdict by a jury in... Read More

Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Children in Vacant Phoenix Office Building
Posted on 9 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aura Bogado, Ziva Branstetter and Vanessa Swales, Reveal, CIR, July 6, 2018 - "A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets... Read More

CA9 on Border, First Amendment: Jacobson v. DHS
Posted on 13 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacobson v. DHS, Feb. 13, 2018 - Court staff summary: "The panel vacated the district court’s summary judgment, entered before any discovery occurred, and remanded in an action in which appellants challenged their exclusion from an enforcement... Read More

Arizona Border Fence Plan Stalled After 3 Years
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A plan by Republican Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money has stalled nearly three years after it was sanctioned by the Legislature. Private donations expected to fund the project dried up... Read More

Arizona Border Residents Help Migrants Without Breaking the Law
Posted on 13 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The worsening situation led some Arivaca residents to band together last year to form People Helping People, a group that provides aid to border crossers in the area. Shortly after, the group unveiled a humanitarian aid office, which now sits on... Read More

Advocates Seek Solutions to Migrant Deaths in Arizona
Posted on 6 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In late April, a Vista father of five children died in the Arizona desert trying to re-enter the country illegally and became one of the nearly 200 people who die each year in that stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities recovered the remains... Read More

GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived as a surveillance technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the border. After spending nearly $1 billion, DHS deployed SBInet systems along 53 miles of Arizona's... Read More

South Texas Overtaking Arizona as Place Where More Border Crossers Die
Posted on 28 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The new scrutiny of South Texas by a civil-rights group focused on identifying bodies underscores a geographical shift: Texas is overtaking Arizona in migrant deaths. An accurate count is hard to gather because state, federal and local agencies... Read More

Tags: deaths , Arizona , border , Texas

Risky Border Protest Lands DREAM Activists in Az. Immigration Jail...For Now
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lizbeth Mateo paid her tuition Sunday for Santa Clara Law School, where classes begin next month. On Monday, she paused to send the school an email. "I'm letting them know I may not make it in time," she said. The reason for... Read More

Border Clinic, Retirees Try to Save Migrants' Lives
Posted on 7 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eric Boodman, Stat, July 6, 2017 - "When the man walked in with fang marks on his leg, the volunteers knew the protocol: In the case of a rattlesnake bite, you call 911. But like all of the patients who end up here, his very presence in this desert... Read More