In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday.
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Some Democrats overstated the potential impacts of a congressional stalemate that threatens to leave the Department of Homeland Security without funding after Feb. 27, raising the possibility that FEMA and Coast Guard employees would be furloughed.... Read more»
Protesters across Arizona are working to bring attention to a federal land exchange they say endangers an area sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe. Some marched nearly 50 miles to decry the Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.... Read more»
Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey they hope will protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.... Read more»
The charged hearing on immigration enforcement came as Congress grappled with Department of Homeland Security funding, which ends this month. A House bill to fund the agency without money for the president's immigration actions is stalled in the Senate. ... Read more»
Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»
If federal law gives states the authority to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes, Arizona should reduce the amount of income tax it collects to offset its gains, a state lawmaker says.
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Commentary: No-man's land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.... Read more»
A bipartisan group of senators, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, moved to expand on the president’s overtures toward Cuba, introducing a bill Thursday to lift the ban on American travel to the communist country.
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The Code Pink protesters who had the gall to actually threaten one of the most esteemed and respected dignitaries in our nation’s history are a great example why modern protest movements almost universally fail, and why we need a renewed focus on civics education across the country.... Read more»
Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»
In 1952, Truman was president, the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn, and I was a toddler in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. 1952 also happens to be the last year that Arizona had any representation on the powerful House Committee on Agriculture. That's why it's good news for Arizona's farmers, ranchers and forestry workers that I was just appointed to the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress.... Read more»
A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years.... Read more»
The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it "extremist," while others said it was "timid" and "enforcement theater." ... Read more»
Two senators on opposite sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate are selectively spinning the facts to make their case. ... Read more»