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Demolition begins on border mural painted by children in Naco

For the past two months, residents of Naco, Mexico, have seen construction vehicles along the border. On Tuesday, workers began bringing down part of the fence that features a one-mile mural that Mexican children have painted over the past six years.... Read more»

Grijalva & Gallego host kids of deported mom to send message to Trump

Angel and Jacqueline Garcia de Rayos could have spent Tuesday celebrating their mother’s 36th birthday, but the Mesa teens spent it in Washington instead to protest her deportation. The teens were invited by Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego to attend the first speech to Congress by President Trump – the man they blame for taking their mother away from them.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

President Donald Trump delivered an hour-long speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands.... Read more»

Sonora man gets 33 months for 2016 primary election bomb threats

A 43-year-old Sonora man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making dozens of calls last year, including on Arizona's presidential primary day, claiming bombs had been placed in public buildings in Tucson and Phoenix, including the Pima County Attorney's Office, high schools and recruiting offices. ... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

Legal aid, advice available for immigrants, but ‘notario’ fraud also prevalent

President Donald Trump’s election and immigration executive orders have led to an increase in the number of immigrants seeking legal advice and assistance in Arizona, and local law organizations are responding to this influx by supplying pro bono and low-cost legal help to community outreach groups.... Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney says new DHS policies won't change local immigration enforcement tactics

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memo released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers handle immigration in the near future.... Read more»

Slow lines at U.S.-Mexico border help street vendors make a quick buck

As drivers inch their way back to the U.S., vendors here have adopted the streets as their workplace, selling to those at border crossing lines. For most, it is their sole source of income.... Read more»

Conservative justices skeptical in cross-border shooting case

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.... Read more»

75 years later, Japanese detainees reflect on painful part of U.S. past

Seishi Oka was 5 and his sister, Mitzi, only 3, when their family was loaded on to a train and taken from their Salinas, California, home to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. Oka said he only vividly remembers two things about the train ride: Hearing a coyote howl for the first time, and wondering to himself, “Why do they hate us so much?”... Read more»

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

Az ranchers want border wall, worry about more BP agents on their land

While he welcomes a taller border fence, Bisbee-area rancher John Ladd says Border Patrol agents "no respect for land" as they leave open gates and tear up his 16,000-acre property south of Bisbee.... Read more»1

BP, agencies seek help fighting ‘sophisticated’ criminal threat at border

The Border Patrol’s chief agent in the Tucson Sector, told a House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Martha McSally that a barrier along the border cannot be the only line of defense against the cartels.... Read more»

Democrats leave ICE meeting convinced arrests a taste of what’s to come

Democratic leaders left a meeting with immigration officials Thursday convinced that recent apprehensions, detentions and deportations have greatly expanded under President Donald Trump, and said they were told to “expect more arrests.”... Read more»

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McCain blasts Trump: 'Profound concern America is laying down mantle of global leadership'

Speaking at a security conference, McCain spoke of alarm about a "turn away from universal values ... hardening resentment toward immigrants, refugees and Muslims ... growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies ... more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."... Read more»1

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