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U.S. planning new wave of immigration deportation raids

U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally. The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration this year.... Read more»

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McSally appointed chair of border subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has been named as the chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. McSally's experience in Congress and her "firsthand experience on the border make her a natural fit to succeed in this vital role," said the Homeland Security chairman.... Read more»

McSally's 'Border Jobs for Vets' signed into law

A bill sponsored by freshman Rep. Martha McSally has become one of a handful to pass through a stalemated Congress and be signed into law. The "Border Jobs for Veterans Act" received President Obama's signature on Friday.... Read more»

Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

Following persistent criticism that immigrants face harsh conditions while in custody, Customs and Border Protection has issued new standards for the treatment of detainees at Border Patrol stations. While advocates praised the agency's transparency, serious questions remain about the agency's accountability and oversight measures. ... Read more»

Tucson getting $8.5M federal grant to hire 54 firefighters

The Tucson Fire Department will receive an $8.5 million federal grant to hire 54 firefighters, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday.... Read more»3

Bill to create REAL ID-compliant licenses gets another shot

A proposal to allow Arizonans to pay $15 for driver’s licenses that meet federal REAL ID requirements is getting another chance at the state Legislature, the bill’s sponsor said Tuesday.... Read more»

Ducey: Az leaders will solve conflict between driver's licenses, REAL ID law

Unless something changes, come next year Arizonans will have to present a passport to catch flights and enter secure federal buildings. That’s because Arizona driver’s licenses don’t comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005.... 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

U.S. prosecutors investigating 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales

A team of U.S. investigators worked Tuesday to reconstruct the scene of an Oct. 2012 cross-border shooting that killed a Mexican teenager. A pair of assistant U.S. attorneys and Homeland Security personnel met with Mexican police in Nogales, Son., to examine the scene of the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.... Read more»

Homeland Security: Fewer Central American kids crossing border

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that they have cut the time it takes to deport Central American adults and seen a sharp drop in the number of children trying to cross the border. Secretary Johnson said officials had reduced the time it takes to repatriate adults to Central America, from about 33 days to about four days now.... Read more»

First fallout approaches for Az’s Real ID refusal

Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs. The first fallout from the decision could begin soon, with Arizonans not allowed into restricted federal facilities, and possibly not allowed to board airplanes beginning in 2016.... Read more»

Brewer, Johnson tour Nogales migrant kids shelter

Wednesday morning, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer toured the Nogales Border Patrol station where around 900 unaccompanied minors from Central America are detained after crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley.... Read more»

Homeland Security secretary details response to wave of immigrant kids

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that Arizona officials should have been notified before hundreds of immigrant children and families were shipped to Nogales for processing – instead of learning about it in news reports.... Read more»1

White House dispels rumors of 'permisos' for migrant kids

Struggling with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America, the White House is trying to staunch the flow with diplomatic pressure and a PR campaign. "The long journey is not only dangerous; there are no 'permisos,' 'permits,' or free passes at the end," wrote Homeland Security's Jeh Johnson, describing the perilous trip that children may face.... Read more»

Grijalva cancels tour of Nogales border shelter

U.S. Rep. Grijalva canceled a tour of the facilities for hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the Nogales Border Patrol station after officials refused to allow accompanying clergy to visit with him. Tuesday, officials said reporters will be offered a 20-minute tour in which no questions will be allowed.... Read more»2

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J.C. Scott: Tobin urges benefits for Hotshot families

Rosemont Copper's Cathy Arnold, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin... Read more»

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