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Fall election means immigration reform chances continue to dim

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House for their August recess. After a year of squabbling, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything will get done by this Congress.... Read more»0

Tucson mom joins other parents pressing EPA for ban on toxic chemical

Tucson mom Linda Robles was in Washington Wednesday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban TCE, the chemical she blames for the death of one daughter and the birth defects of three other children.... Read more»0

Court reverses death sentence in Prescott killing where lawyers ‘utterly failed’

A federal appeals court Wednesday reversed the death sentence given to a Prescott man for the 1987 murder of his lover’s husband in an alleged scheme to collect on the victim’s insurance policy.... Read more»0

Audit: Hiring of customs, border agents better, but still falling short

Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»0

‘Good riddance’: Dems, environmentalists cheer Pruitt’s departure

Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions.... Read more»0

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»0

House leaders derail plan to force vote on bipartisan immigration bills

House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor.... Read more»0

ICE chief defends arrests as ‘focused on criminals,’ advocates disagree

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended his agency against charges of racism, saying that 89 percent of those arrested last year by ICE have a criminal history.... Read more»0

Flake, on Senate floor, slams Trump on trade, lack of ‘grown-up leadership’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake took the Senate floor Thursday to “sound the alarm” on President Trump’s trade policies in a speech that quickly became a discourse on liberty, freedom and America “turning our back” on its responsibility as a world leader.... Read more»0

Trump's new steel, aluminum tariffs worry Arizona firms, raise trade war fears

The Trump administration said it will let new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union.... Read more»1

McSally, immigration agency directors decry 'loopholes' in asylum law

Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home.... Read more»0