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Pentagon more than doubles active-duty troops deployed to border

The Defense Department said it will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to support Customs and Border Protection officers by stringing razor wire, helping operate mobile surveillance equipment and other support activities.... Read more»

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Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that logging giant Weyerhaeuser and business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach.... Read more»

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday.... Read more»

Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

Before heading to Arizona for a political rally, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.... Read more»

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»

Trump's restrictions on Obamacare mean likely higher premiums for Arizona

The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is illegal immigation linked to more or less crime?

President Donald Trump said it’s “not true” that immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “safer than the people that live in the country,” providing several crime statistics he claimed represented the “toll of illegal immigration.” Sen. Bernie Sanders made the opposite claim, saying: “I understand that the crime rate among undocumented people is actually lower than the general population.”... Read more»

Congress takes week off as DACA deadline looms, Dreamers fret

With the March 5 deadline coming up quickly and Congress on recess this week, that leaves just five working days left for a solution before the legal protection goes away for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children.... Read more»

With a week to next shutdown, no obvious progress on budget, DACA bills

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.... Read more»

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»

Photos: DACA protesters at Tucson City Hall

A day after the Trump administration announced the wind-down of DACA, hundreds of people rallied here to show their support for the program, and shouted down Mayor Jonathan Rothschild with calls for Tucson to become a "sanctuary city." ... Read more»

Az business leaders say DACA repeal could have millions in economic impact

The Cato Institute predicted the repeal of DACA and the expense of immediate deportation would cost the federal government more than $60 billion, and the resulting loss of economic growth in the next decade will amount to $280 billion.... Read more»

ICE officers told to take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty

The head of ICE's deportation unit has directed officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories — apparently pushing for even tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised.... Read more»

Trump's Mexico tariff plan hits wall of opposition

The White House is considering a 20 percent tax on imports as a way to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border. Details of the plan were not available from the White House, which shifted positions several times over the course of the afternoon Thursday, but the broad outlines of an import tax were enough to earn the ire of businesses, lawmakers and some policy groups.... Read more»

Report: Obamacare repeal could cut millions from Az public health funding

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.... Read more»

As insurers leave Arizona, Obamacare consumers face higher costs this fall

Insurance companies have one more day to let Arizona regulators know if they will drop or limit coverage under Obamacare, but this much is already certain: Coverage will still be available, but it will cost more. ... Read more»2

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