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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»0

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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»0

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

Courts and a deadlocked Congress keep DACA program uncertain but applications numbers are soaring as a deadline imposed by the Trump administration nears.... Read more»0

White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.”... Read more»0

Flake threat to block judicial nominees scuttled by delayed vote

Less than a day after Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to use whatever remaining leverage he has to push a bill protecting the Mueller investigation, he saw that leverage pulled away from him Thursday, at least for now.... Read more»0

Border advocates to lame-duck Congress: No new laws, funding

Advocates from Southwest border communities on Thursday called on Congress to resist the urge to ram through border laws in the coming lame-duck session before the newly elected, more Democratic, Congress is sworn in next year. ... Read more»0

Young-voter turnout up sharply, but still trails most other age groups

Young Arizonans are casting ballots at more than three times the rate they did in 2014, according to an analysis of early voting, the possible result of such high-profile voter registration efforts as March for Our Lives.... Read more»0

Latino voter turnout likely to rise, driven by immigration, health care

A new report shows Latinos are motivated for the midterm elections in a backlash to President Trump's policies. Just under a half-million Latino voters are expected to go to the polls in Arizona — a 33 percent increase from the 2014 midterm.... Read more»0

Trump's aim to end birthright citizenship draws backlash, skeptics

Arizona native Francisco Fernandez holds a college degree and a job with a nonprofit in the nation’s capital – none of which, he said, would have been possible without the citizenship status conferred on him at birth.... Read more»0

Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates

Trump's plan to streamline regulations on new water projects is too simple, too vague or a worthwhile move to ease burdens, depending on the source. ... Read more»0

Kyl challenges DHS over releases of migrant familes

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen had no answers for communities and overloaded non-profits helping families released from federal detention. ... Read more»0

DHS was not prepared to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

Homeland Security's inspector general found agents did not foresee the need to hold children for extended periods in facilities intended for short-term use and struggles to “identify, track, and reunify families” separated under the policy at the border. ... Read more»0

After angry Kavanaugh hearing, Flake, Coons renew bipartisanship call

Four days after brokering a deal to investigate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons said Tuesday that they were spurred to act by the “vitriol” roiling the Senate Judiciary Committee.... Read more»0

Protesters walk out of hearing on rules for holding immigrant youth

Immigrant-rights advocates carrying signs and babies walked out of a Senate hearing this week to protest its review of a court ruling that limits the amount of time the government can hold immigrant children in detention.... Read more»0

Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review

Is a Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct – and endangered – breed of its own? The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from Southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room last week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.... Read more»0

Report: Border wall hurts wildlife, people now; full wall would be worse

The existing partial border wall with Mexico has caused environmental damage, harmed border communities and failed to make the country safer, and a complete border wall would only make things worse, according to a report released Wednesday.... Read more»0

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