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Lawsuit seeks to block Trump asylum ban, saying it violates federal law

Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Friday to block the Trump administration's plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, arguing that the White House is violating federal law. ... Read more»

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Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

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Why Arizona's $1.1B mass incarceration crisis should matter more to Garcia, Ducey

How are candidates Doug Ducey and David Garcia proposing to satisfy more than 80 percent of voters who support criminal justice reform? Arizonans want formerly incarcerated people to have easier access to jobs and housing. They want lawmakers to address unjust racial disparities within the system, hold police accountable in cases of misconduct, decriminalize addiction, and send fewer people to prison.... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

Defense Dep't says it's sending 5,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

Trump administration officials say the deployment will include three helicopter units, mobile command and medical units, military police and more.... Read more»1

Trump to visit Arizona for 1st time since contentious 2017 rally

When President Donald Trump touches down in Mesa on Friday to stump for Senate hopeful Martha McSally, the setting will be much different from 2017 rally in Phoenix that led to police firing tear gas at a crowd of protesters and a class-action lawsuit.... Read more»

ACLU: Phx cops wrongfully used tear gas, pepper bullets vs. anti-Trump protesters

A year after Phoenix police fired tear gas and pepper-spray bullets at a crowd protesting President Donald Trump, the ACLU, two advocacy groups and several protesters have filed a lawsuit claiming police used excessive force and repressed free speech.... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

Free speech or hate speech? Americans struggle to decide when that line is crossed

More than 16 million people, many of whom are foreign, passed through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. Most days, they only have to deal with immigration and customs inspectors. But one day last June, they dealt with a small, vocal group holding signs denouncing Islam.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

ACLU drops suit against Gosar for blocking social media accounts

The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight.... Read more»

Court upholds orders ending Arpaio-era racial profiling

A federal appeals court has flatly rejected Maricopa County’s appeal of orders imposed by a lower court on the county sheriff’s office for its practice of racial profiling under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

Gov't reunites 1,442 children with parents in ICE custody

Hours before a court imposed deadline, federal lawyers said that 1,442 children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigrant families had been reunited early Thursday morning, and that officials expected to return all the children "found eligible for reunification" to parents by Friday. ... Read more»

Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

Judge blocks ICE from indiscriminate detention of asylum seekers

A federal judge blocked Homeland Security from systematically holding asylum seekers in detention even after they showed credible evidence they are fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries.... Read more»

Sessions limits asylum claims for victims of domestic, gang violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the law was not designed to “alleviate all problems.”... Read more»

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