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Gov't shutdown has mixed affect on health care

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual during the current shutdown. Though bottlenecked spending bills leave some services feeling the squeeze.... Read more»

UA tree ring research showing how climate change expands tropics

Measuring tree rings shows climate change affects weather patterns that are driving tropics and deserts north. ... Read more»

Mexican immigrant numbers continue drop, driven by politics & economics

The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the U.S. dropped by about 300,000 people between 2016 and 2017, according to Census data, a shift that experts say is likely driven by changes on both sides of the border.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump claims Mexico is paying for border wall through trade deal

Experts say U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement neither contains wall payment provisions nor will generate the tax revenue to pay for the wall.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2018

15 stories of major issues along the border in 2018: the trial of Lonnie Swartz, family separations under the Trump administration, the treatment of detainees in border facilities, and an exclusive memo that showed CBP downplaying the exodus of migrants from Central America.... Read more»

Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

Tucson motel shelters Central American migrants after release by ICE

While cold rain fell Thursday night, around 130 people from Central America took shelter at a Tucson motel after federal immigration officials asked local community groups to take them in, rather than have them released on the street. ... Read more»

Texas facility for migrant kids will remain open into 2019, feds confirm

The facility, which critics have called a “tent city” and sits on a remote port of entry, was opened in June to house mainly unaccompanied minors who crossed the border without parents or guardians.... Read more»

Refugee admission cuts defended as necessary, decried as ‘disastrous’

Three months after the Trump administration cut the number of refugees the U.S. will accept to the lowest level since 1980, aid groups in Arizona say they are already feeling the effects.... Read more»

First in Congress? Get in line, as more women, minorities head to Hill

When Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema is sworn in next week, she will be the first woman to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate – a distinction that barely stands out in a Congress filled with firsts.... Read more»

ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at El Paso bus depot on Christmas Eve

EL PASO – Hundreds of asylum-seekers spent part of Christmas Eve in a downtown parking lot here without knowing where they’ll end up next.... Read more»

Grijalva set to bring dramatic shift as chair of Natural Resources committee

Rep. Raul Grijalva may not take over the House Natural Resources Committee for another two weeks, but that doesn’t mean the Tucson Democrat's potential presence as chairman is not already being felt.... Read more»

Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

Arizona will lose decades of seniority, as the 116th Congress convenes without McCain, Kyl, Flake or Franks. But that may not be a bad thing.... Read more»

BP apprehends 306 Central Americans in 24 hours in Tucson Sector

Tucson-area Border Patrol agents apprehended 306 people from Central America near the U.S.-Mexico border in a 24-hour period this week, including nine children with "flu-like" symptoms and a pregnant woman who required medical treatment.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration appeal over asylum ban

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's attempt to end-run a decision by a federal judge, and implement new rules barring asylum claims by anyone who entered the U.S. between border crossings.... Read more»

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