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Photo of the Day: Tucson Cops Pepper-Spray Protesters

Tucson Police Department officers use pepper spray to force protesters back into the sidewalk. Several dozen protesters gathered outside Southside Presbyterian Church Tuesday night in an attempt to prevent the Border Patrol from taking three people into custody. Photo by Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily...

Dozens confront Border Patrol agents during Tucson traffic stop

"Dozens of protesters tried to use their bodies as shields to prevent the detention of three suspected illegal immigrants stopped in front of Southside Presbyterian Church Tuesday night. At the end of a sometimes raucous confrontation, the crowd was dispersed after Tucson Police Department officers...

Tucson Activists Attempt Deportation Bus Blockade

"U.S. Marshals and security officers were trying to remove immigration activists who blocked the main exit of Tucson's federal courthouse this morning to keep a bus that returns deported individuals from leaving. About two dozen demonstrators were gathered on the east side of the courthouse...

ACLU: South Tucson Police Violate Constitution in Use of 'Show Me Your Papers' Law

"The American Civil Liberties Union is putting law enforcement agencies across Arizona on notice that they will be held accountable for constitutional violations that result from the implementation of the state's "show me your papers" law, Section 2(B) of SB 1070, an anti-immigrant...

Immigrants Sentenced in Seconds In ‘Streamline’ Justice on Border

"“My record is 30 minutes,” Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco of Federal District Court here said one afternoon, describing the speed with which he had sealed the fates of 70 migrants caught sneaking into the country. Each of the accused had 25 seconds, give or take, to hear the charges...

Out of the Shadows: The Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson

Out of the Shadows: The Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson A Report by the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program, James E.Rogers College of Law and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women September 2014 "Over the past seven years, the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy...

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices

"Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The class-action suit, which was filed on behalf...

It Took a Tucson Church and 10,000 Arizonans to Stop the Deportation of Rosa Robles Loreto

Elizabeth Stuart, Phoenix New Times, Nov. 18, 2015 - "When Tucson's paper of record, the Arizona Daily Star, published an editorial in January supporting Rosa, Cowan mailed a copy to ICE. When local churches collected 7,000 letters from community members pleading on Rosa's behalf, Cowan...

Arizona Detention Conditions Lawsuit Moves Forward: Doe v. Johnson

Court Rejects Government’s Efforts to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Inhumane Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities and Certifies Large Class of Immigrant Plaintiffs; Class Now Seeks to Unseal Government Documents Detailing Abuse NILC, Jan. 13, 2015 - "On Monday, a federal district...

Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony

NILC, Aug. 18, 2016 - "Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court rejected the...

DACAmented Arizona Student Stripped of Scholarship

Alex Devoid, Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 4, 2016 - "An hour before his first class at Arizona State University last month, Eduardo Lujan, 23, got an unwelcome phone call. The school had revoked his two-year scholarship because of his immigration status, a university administrator told him. Lujan’s...

Court Orders Feds to Improve Conditions in Immigration Holding Cells

NILC, Nov. 18, 2016 - "A federal district court today found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating the constitutional rights of people detained in holding facilities in Arizona and ordered the government to take steps to improve conditions in these facilities, known as hieleras . This...