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Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»0

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Experts: Aging in isolation a ‘silent killer’ for millions

Mortality rates are higher among seniors who are aging in isolation, a “silent killer” that affects millions but goes mostly unnoticed. An estimated 8 million older adults are affected by isolation, putting them at more risk for depression, dementia and mortality, a group of experts, including the Pima Council on Aging's W. Mark Clark, told Congress.... Read more»0

Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... Read more»0

Advocates criticize Latino vendors for bids on ‘shameful’ border wall

Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of “interested vendors” for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project “shameful” and “wrong."... Read more»0

Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»0

Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»0

Polygraphs for Border Patrol applicants seen as hurdle to hiring rush

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.”... Read more»0

Senate panel asks experts if border wall is best approach to security

While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go.... Read more»0

Water cooperation across U.S.-Mexico border essential, complex

Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border.... Read more»0

Call for crackdown on immigration, sanctuary cities, splits House panel

House Republicans renewed their call this week for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants.... Read more»0

Immigration advocates rally in Washington, vow to take fight back home

Immigration advocates from Arizona joined others from across the country at a rally outside the Customs and Border Protection office in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, part of a three-day summit aimed at organizing grass-roots resistance to Trump administration policies.... Read more»0

Advocates leery of plan to hire more immigration judges, prosecutors

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors.... Read more»0

Mexican presidential candidate files complaint against Trump policies

A leading candidate for the Mexican presidency filed a petition Wednesday in Washington that calls on President Trump’s administration to stop its “racist, discriminatory speech” and “massive” deportation aimed at Mexican migrants. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist leader of the National Regeneration Movement in Mexico, made the comments as part of a speech.... Read more»0

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»0

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»0

Homeland Security chief vows to get local input on border wall

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a House panel Tuesday that a wall will help close the “gaping wound” of the U.S-Mexico border, but that he will rely on local authorities to tell his department where and how to close the border.... Read more»0

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