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Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

In a shift from how it operated during the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cracking down on relatives who let undocumented kids stay with them after entering the U.S.... Read more»

Court gives restaurant workers another chance in wages lawsuit

A group of Arizona restaurant servers will get another day in court to prove their claim that their employers failed to pay them sufficiently for work that should have paid them minimum wage.... Read more»

Trump's DOJ agrees with Arpaio on vacating ex-sheriff's criminal conviction

The Justice Department filed papers Monday with the federal judge who convicted ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, supporting a bid by defense attorneys to vacate his criminal conviction in the wake of a pardon by President Trump. A friend of the court brief said the pardon was "unconstitutional" and that the conviction should stand.... Read more»

Dems raise the stakes in push to get vote on ‘clean’ DREAM Act

Hispanic House members took a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook Friday, saying they are willing to risk a government shutdown later this year if they cannot get a vote on the DREAM Act.... Read more»1

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

9/11

Former Arizonan and firefighter recalls days at Ground Zero

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, former Arizonan Robert Sebold — a volunteer firefighter and EMT — watched the attacks on the World Trade Center on TV and knew he had to do something. The former soldier packed up his gear, put on his firefighter turnout clothes, then boarded a bus and headed for Ground Zero.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff to mark 9/11

Across the country, American flags are being flown at half-staff to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. President Trump and Arizona Gov. Ducey both ordered government flags to be lowered, and the president proclaimed Patriot Day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

Advocates: Cuts to EPA budget will be felt in Az programs

Arizona received $315M in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years – funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the EPA budget.... Read more»

Az universities and colleges react to DACA

Universities and colleges across Arizona sent statements to reassure their students.... Read more»5

One day after DACA decision, Dems push for vote on DREAM Act

Arizona DREAMers joined other advocates on Capitol Hill Wednesday as Democrats called for a quick vote on a “clean” DREAM Act, which would keep many of the protections that could be lost if DACA is revoked. ... Read more»

Arizona officials want tougher controls on opioid prescriptions

Arizona officials on Wednesday said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication.... Read more»

Photos: DACA protesters at Tucson City Hall

A day after the Trump administration announced the wind-down of DACA, hundreds of people rallied here to show their support for the program, and shouted down Mayor Jonathan Rothschild with calls for Tucson to become a "sanctuary city." ... Read more»

Advocates’ response to DACA decision is swift, broad-based, emotional

Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday.... Read more»

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