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Trump gets partial win from Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can proceed, for now, with a limited version of its restrictions on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a ban that critics called at thinly veiled Muslim ban.... Read more»

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NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Pima County Friday afternoon, cautioning that thunderstorms could produce damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, frequent lightening and heavy rain. ... Read more»

Weather Service, Pima County warn of blowing dust

If you're not riding the streetcar and instead planning on hitting the road northward, you should know that the Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory that covers the Picacho Peak area. Pima County officials said they are also issuing an advisory, warning of dust and smoke carried from wildfires. ... Read more»

Some Downtown streets to close for Sun Link celebrations

City officials will close some streets and restrict traffic on others overnight Thursday and into Friday as festivities Downtown mark the opening of the Sun Link streetcar. ... Read more»7

Honduran special forces struggling to keep children from fleeing to U.S.

Clad in flak jackets and bearing automatic rifles and side arms, elite forces are scouring the ragged countryside that straddles this border between Honduras and Guatemala. The officers are used to fighting heavily armed drug cartels and murderous “mara” street gangs. But now they have a new mission: trying to stop the flow of children who are fleeing to the U.S. by the thousands.... Read more»1

No kids picked up in Texas remain in Nogales shelter

The number of undocumented children sheltered at the Nogales Border Patrol station has dwindled to a handful, owing to a dramatic decrease in apprehensions and a new facility in Texas. "Just a few" picked up in Arizona remain, and there are none who crossed in Texas still at the center.... Read more»

MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City's ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

Deputies: Man steals from Circle K twice in one night

Update: Pima County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of stealing from the same Southwest Side convenience store twice in one night. Nathaniel Francisco, 39, was booked into the Pima County Jail on one count of larceny shoplifting, one count of criminal damage, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.... Read more»

Analysis

Perry's border plan — and a political one

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state's border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn't doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run. ... Read more»

Homeland Security: Fewer Central American kids crossing border

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that they have cut the time it takes to deport Central American adults and seen a sharp drop in the number of children trying to cross the border. Secretary Johnson said officials had reduced the time it takes to repatriate adults to Central America, from about 33 days to about four days now.... Read more»

County health chief: Migrant kids face greater health risk than public

The unaccompanied minors staying in Tucson continue to pose a "very low health risk to county residents," according to an assessment released out by the Pima County Health Department. Rather, the health of the children at the end of a long and perilous journey is a concern, said health chief Dr. Francisco Garcia.... Read more»

Mexican shelters heeding call to aid desperate migrants

Carlos Solis was training to be a priest when he got a new calling – to help the Central American migrants who show up at his southern Mexican shelter on their way toward the U.S. The House of Mercy is one of 52 shelters on the route north, run by people, like Solis, called to help. ... Read more»

Court upholds conviction of smuggler who held migrant for ransom

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of a human trafficker who was involved in a scheme to kidnap a young Honduran immigrant in Tucson and demand ransom from his mother.... Read more»

New online tracking tool is virtually impossible to block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. ... Read more»

Texas cities pushing back on border surge

City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City swung into action shortly after she saw media reports of Central American children sleeping in detention centers along the Texas-Mexico border. She wrote a resolution barring any immigrant from being housed on an emergency basis in her city. A handful of Texas communities have followed suit.... Read more»

Texas gov will activate up to 1,000 Guard troops

Gov. Rick Perry will announce Monday that he is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed. ... Read more»1

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