April 30, 2021

Temporary migrant shelters, immigration policies, 2020 census results

Plus, a discussion with the new director of Arizona's Department of Homeland Security

Unaccompanied children apprehended at the Arizona border will soon begin arriving in Tucson at a temporary processing center. The facility is located in unincorporated Pima County east of Tucson International Airport. This week Customs and Border Protection hosted an open house attended by Lorraine Rivera and other members of the public.

Across Arizona’s southern border, nonprofits and religious organizations continue to support asylum seekers who have waited months to present their cases in the United States. Tony Paniagua traveled to Nogales, Sonora where he visited a shelter providing aid and spoke to migrants about their journeys.

As Customs and Border Protection tracks an increase in apprehensions along the U.S./Mexico border, University of Arizona associate professor Elizabeth Oglesby discussed how policies enacted by the Trump administration and upheld by President Biden have shaped current immigration trends. Oglesby researches human rights and Central America at the UA Center for Latin American Studies.

Border security is one of several priorities for the new head of Arizona’s Department of Homeland Security. Tim Roemer’s duties include advising the governor on issues related to homeland security. Governor Ducey appointed Roemer in early April. Before that he served as Arizona’s chief information security officer. Lorraine Rivera sat down with Roemer to discuss his views on some of Arizona’s biggest security challenges, including the border and cyber threats.

Early numbers from the 2020 census show Arizona’s population grew by nearly 12% over the last decade. But that growth failed to result in an additional congressional seat for the state. Christopher Conover broke down the numbers for Arizona 360.

University of Arizona political scientist Samara Klar offered analysis on how growth trends in Arizona could shape future elections.

Arizona 360
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