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Az DACA recipients claim win after SCOTUS denies appeal on driver’s licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.”... Read more»

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Az lawmaker & DACA recipient arrested at DC immigration protest

Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were among dozens of marchers arrested Monday in Washington during a protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Trump attempt to leapfrog 9th Circuit on 'Dreamers' cases

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court sends it back to the lower court, leaving in place two nationwide injunctions keeping the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... 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»

McCain immigration bill blasted as ‘waste of time’ by Trump

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.”... 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»

Gosar call to arrest illegal immigrants at Trump address causes stir

Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers.... Read more»

Furloughed federal workers feel like ‘pawns’ in shutdown fight

The government shutdown that began Friday may have been short-lived, but that doesn’t mean the thousands of federal workers in Arizona who were sent home Monday or made to work without pay feel any less put-upon.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... Read more»

DACA advocates push for action as clock ticks down on budget deal

As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill.... Read more»

Justice Dept. will appeal DACA ruling, asks to go directly to Supreme Court

DOJ officials said they are appealing last week's decision by a federal judge that blocked the Trump administration from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and want to take the "rare step" of asking the Supreme Court to intervene, leap-frogging over the 9th Circuit.... Read more»

Passage prevented: How Trump’s border wall will harm Arizona wildlife

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a "big beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America.... Read more»

McSally's DACA bill slashes new immigration, doubles down on border security

While thousands of people face the expiration of work permits and protection from deportation under DACA, Rep. Martha McSally and other Republicans submitted a bill that would reintroduce the temporary permit system while clamping down on legal and illegal immigration alike. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

Citizenship requests hit new high in Az, nation; more growth likely

Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate.... Read more»

Arizonans join hundreds in raucous protests demanding action on DACA

Hundreds of protesters packed the lobby of a Senate office building Thursday, their chants echoing off the marble walls as they demanded that Congress vote to protect DACA recipients.... Read more»

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