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Trump concession on wall funding rekindles gov't shutdown talks

The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede Tuesday after President Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. ... Read more»

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High court: Az man can sue medical manufacturer

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a medical device manufacturer’s appeal of a lower court ruling that said an Arizona man could sue the company for claims that its device left him paralyzed below the waist. Medtronic had argued that federal rules pre-empted the state-law suit. ... Read more»

White House dispels rumors of 'permisos' for migrant kids

Struggling with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America, the White House is trying to staunch the flow with diplomatic pressure and a PR campaign. "The long journey is not only dangerous; there are no 'permisos,' 'permits,' or free passes at the end," wrote Homeland Security's Jeh Johnson, describing the perilous trip that children may face.... Read more»

White House under fire for proposed solution to immigrant surge

A White House plan to deal with the influx of migrants illegally crossing Texas’ southern border is being met with criticism by progressive immigrants’ rights groups and conservative lawmakers. ... Read more»

McCain: Surge in unaccompanied minors fault of Obama, Congress

After touring the Nogales Border Patrol station Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain held a press conference in which he blamed the Obama's immigration policy and the failure of comprehensive immigration reform for thousands of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S.... Read more»

Az introduces 'secure' driver's license, application process

A redesigned Arizona driver license, and a new process to get it, went into effect Monday. The changes are meant to improve security, officials said.... Read more»

Shocking ways school kids are being restrained, isolated

Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year. ... Read more»

House adopts amendment to bar NSA encryption meddling

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA "backdoor spying" via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva.... Read more»

Texas DPS offers details on new border operation

A day after state leaders announced a directive to the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase its efforts along the border with Mexico, the agency discussed its new mission, saying it would not include enforcing immigration laws, as it lacks that authority.... Read more»

Border Patrol offering a Citizen's Academy

Want an inside look at the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection? The agencies will hold a free seven-week Citizen's Academy in Tucson, beginning July 17.... Read more»

Photos: A look at CBP's Brownsville detention center

CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two centers, in Nogales and in Brownsville, Texas, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. Here is a look at the conditions in the Brownsville center.... Read more»

Texas announces surge in patrols on border

The Texas Department of Public Safety has been instructed to immediately increase its efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border with a $1.3 million-per-week operation. The directive from state leaders is in response to the recent surge of undocumented immigrants breaching the Texas-Mexico border, ... Read more»

Giffords urges women to lead fight vs. gun violence

Former U. S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged women to take up the fight against gun violence Wednesday at a Washington event hosted by her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions. “Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women,” Giffords said carefully. “That makes gun violence a women’s issue. For mothers, for families, for me and you.”... Read more»1

Suspect in Brian Terry death pleads not guilty

A man allegedly involved in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry arrived in Tucson on Tuesday night and was arraigned in federal court Wednesday. Lionel Portillo-Meza pleaded not guilty. ... Read more»

Christina-Taylor Green's mom urges Congress to action on gun violence

Roxanna Green, mother of 9-year-old Jan. 8 shooting victim Christina-Taylor, joined relatives of other victims and survivors of gun violence Tuesday to urge Congress to take action to end gun violence.... Read more»

Grijalva cancels tour of Nogales border shelter

U.S. Rep. Grijalva canceled a tour of the facilities for hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the Nogales Border Patrol station after officials refused to allow accompanying clergy to visit with him. Tuesday, officials said reporters will be offered a 20-minute tour in which no questions will be allowed.... Read more»2

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