The Borderline: 7/25–7/31

Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Arizona edition.

Nogales, Arizona (foreground) and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (background) stand adjacent, separated by the border wall. (Photo Credit: Meena Venkataramanan)

EDITORS’ NOTE

This is the fifth edition of The Borderline, Stories from the Border’s weekly newsletter on immigration and border issues: Arizona edition. This is our curated summary of what we’ve been reading and working on during our summer reporting in Arizona.

This week, we learned that nearly 1,000 families have been separated since the official policy ending family separations at the border was ordered by President Trump and a federal judge ended the policy. The reasons for separation include a father failing to change his daughter’s diaper, a $5 property damage charge, and a speech impediment that prevented a father from answering Border Patrol’s questions clearly, according to court filings by the American Civil Liberties Union.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued an order preventing asylum seekers from claiming asylum based on their membership in a family that has been targeted by drug cartels or other criminal organizations. The ruling is said to contradict multiple federal court rulings that have acknowledged the family unit as a “particular social group” — one of the grounds for asylum.

This past week, we visited and spoke to migrants at the Kino Border Initiative’s Comedor in Nogales, Mexico in addition to attending a press ride-along with U.S. Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector.

Keep an eye out for Meena’s narrative piece on her trip to the Eloy Detention Center, where she spoke with an asylum seeker.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @borderstoriesAZ.

–Meena and Vivekae

DEEP DIVES

We’re learning from the stories of those driven by fear to attain U.S. citizenship. About Wisconsin swing voters’ views on immigration. About new details on the detention of an 18-year-old U.S. citizen. About how immigrants are preparing in light of expanded deportation powers. About why the Trump Administration’s policies do not act as a deterrent for some fleeing Central American migrants. About how a 9-year-old U.S. citizen was detained CBP for 32 hours. About the Trump Administration’s deal with Guatemala to establish a safe third country agreement.

THE BUZZ

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

THE LEGISLATIVE

THE EXECUTIVE

THE JUDICIAL

TUCSON

PHOENIX

2020 WATCH

STILL RELEVANT

Stories from the Border

A multimedia storytelling initiative and journalistic platform to share migration stories from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and beyond, founded by Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim in the summer of 2019.

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A multimedia storytelling initiative and journalistic platform to share migration stories from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and beyond, founded by Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim in the summer of 2019.

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