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Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

CBP chief: Southwest border focus immigrant kids, not ISIS

The head of Customs and Border Protection said there is no evidence of ISIS attempts to infiltrate the Southwest border and his agency is more focused on trying to prevent more unaccompanied minor immigrants.... Read more»

House panel asked to approve water-rights deal for Hualapai, Freeport

The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014 would guarantee some water rights for the Hualapai Tribe, allow Freeport Minerals Corp. to continue operating its Bagdad copper mine and provide the state with lands for wildlife protection, supporters said.... Read more»

State officials urge Congress to continue aid to counties with large federal lands

Local leaders from Arizona and other states urged Congress to safeguard the payment in lieu of taxes, which reimburses counties for untaxable federal land and is vital to county budgets.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

Az lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS

Members of the state’s congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan.... Read more»1

Rally to push deportation stay for woman in sanctuary at Tucson church

Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto rallied Thursday to urge immigration officials to change a decision to deny a her stay of deportation, holding a vigil in front of Tucson’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office.... Read more»1

Advocates on both sides take dim view of Obama’s immigration stance

As Congress returned from its August recess, advocates and Arizona lawmakers from both parties had harsh reactions to President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he would not take action on immigration reform by the end of summer as he had previously vowed.... Read more»

Az and EPA discussing best way to meet strict new emissions rule

Arizona would face the second-steepest reductions in carbon emissions in the country - 52 percent - under the federal plan, which aims to cut carbon nationally by 30 percent by the year 2030.... Read more»

DHS secretary asks for $1.2 billion to pay for border 'surge'

Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is pushing for $1.2 billion in increased funding to pay for this summer’s border “surge” along the Rio Grande Valley — a response to the sudden influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors and adults with children.... Read more»2

Gun Wars

Domestic violence: Efforts focus on getting guns away from abusers

Advocates for domestic violence prevention and victims repeatedly asked Congress and state legislatures for a more streamlined process to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. However, the NRA cites the necessity to arm oneself for protection against acts of violence.... Read more»

Immigration judges urge Congress to fix record-high caseload backlog

Congress needs to double the number of judges and reorganize immigration courts to cope with a record-high 375,000 backlogged cases - including 15,000 in Arizona - two of those judges said.... Read more»

Spending on Arizona primary topped $43.5M

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a “staggering” sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general.... Read more»

Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress.... Read more»

States fill federal vacuum on immigrants

During another year of congressional inaction on immigration, states pushed for more changes at the state level, including opening up access to education for unauthorized immigrants.... Read more»1

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