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Texas suit alleging fraud in border wall construction comes apart

Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court.... Read more»

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Trump's infrastructure talk has McSally looking toward border

President Trump's call for Congress to pass a bill to drive $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending has Rep. Martha McSally looking toward the border.... Read more»

New evidence in border wall kickback scheme could suggest wrongdoing beyond fraud

Fresh details have been alleged about a plan to make millions off the first border wall in Texas, with a court filing talking of kickback deals worked out over drinks and steak dinners.... 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»

The Taking

How a Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid rush to build border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.... Read more»

DHS: Border apprehensions down as interior enforcement ramps up

Calling the results “historic,” Trump administration officials touted that the number of arrests at the border has dropped to the lowest level in 46 years, following a trend that began in 2000.... 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»

Immigrants wary as DHS ends Nicaraguan protection, extends Hondurans

Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement this week.... Read more»

As time for DACA renewals runs out, those affected in Az look to future

Jazmin Nuñez was born in the United States, and therefore is a citizen-but her sister is not. That’s why for the past month, Nuñez has worked hard to help people do what her own sister can’t — renew their DACA status.... Read more»

Despite outreach, 42,200 immigrants fail to meet DACA deadline

More than one in four of the estimated 154,200 immigrants who stand to lose their DACA protection in the next five months did not meet the deadline to apply for a renewal.... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

Exclusive

Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

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