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As threatened ICE sweeps loom, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups.... Read more»

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Giffords back on Capitol Hill to push for vote on gun background checks

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic congressional leaders Thursday to demand that the Senate allow a vote on a bill that toughens background checks for gun purchasers.... Read more»

Arizona National Guard chief defends role of troops at border

The head of the Arizona National Guard defended the use of military troops on the border this week, saying their support puts more Border Patrol officers on the front lines – what one official called “badges back to the border.”... Read more»

Democrats push Dream Act through House, outlook in Senate less certain

The House voted mostly on party lines Tuesday to approve a bill that would protect "Dreamers" from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship, a bill Republicans charged would only lead to more illegal immigration.... Read more»

Mueller restates Russia report, Az lawmakers restate their positions

Arizona lawmakers did not appear to be swayed Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s careful recap of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with both Democrats and Republicans digging in to previous positions.... Read more»

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

A border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened to send armed soldiers to the border in response. ... Read more»

Same pages, different takes for Az lawmakers eyeing Mueller report

Arizona lawmakers looked at the same 448-page Mueller report Thursday and saw two different things, with two very different reactions depending on which side of the aisle they are on. If there was one common thread, it was that nobody’s mind appeared to be changed.... Read more»

An exoneration of the president? Az Dems, legal experts say it’s too soon to tell

Arizona Republicans say Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 exonerates President Trump, but a UA legal expert cautioned that it’s premature for the president to declare victory. ... Read more»

Luke F-35 funds could be tapped for Trump's border wall emergency

Arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke AFB, where $40 million in construction projects could be tapped for border wall funding under President Trump’s national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

Arizona lawmakers’ reaction to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national border security emergency Friday split along party lines, with Democrats blasting the move as “fear-mongering” that sets “a dangerous precedent.”... Read more»

Trump call for unity appears to do little to sway divided Congress

The split response to President Trump's speech was mirrored in Arizona’s congressional delegation, whose reactions largely followed party lines.... Read more»

Asian-Americans working to make their voices heard in Arizona

The Asian-American population is growing faster than the Latino community and they, too, are struggling to break through.... Read more»

Arizona's Biggs, Gosar among handful to vote against back pay for furloughed feds

President Donald Trump repeated a promise Monday that furloughed federal workers will get back pay when the government shutdown ends, but a bill to do just that was opposed by two Republican lawmakers from Arizona.... 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»

Lesko-Tiperneni CD8 rematch looks like a rerun of close April race

Poll shows another tight race for what has been a safe Republican district — former Rep. Trent Frank’s CD8 seat — but math presents a big hurdle for Democrats.... 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»

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