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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