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McSally, Grijalva vote 'aye' as Congress approves clean DHS funding

Department of Homeland Security workers, including Border Patrol agents, will be paid for another year, as Congress voted 257-167 on Tuesday to fund the agency, ending a dispute over controversial amendments that would have blocked funding for Presdient Obama's recent executive actions on immigration.... Read more»1

Demonstrators demand release of transgender woman in ICE custody

Activists say Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, a transgender woman from Guatemala, is being held at an all-male facility and has suffered sexual assault by fellow detainees and ill treatment by guards. ... Read more»

Texas border bill: More troopers, fewer surges

The border security bill unveiled by Texas House Republicans on Monday is supposed to end the sporadic surges and establish a systematic, consistent state law enforcement presence on the border. ... Read more»

DHS shutdown plan: 30k furloughed, 85% remaining to work without pay

While a fractious Congress battled to the last minute over Homeland Security funding, the administration released a 46-page contingency plan showing just what parts of the agency would be shuttered in the event that Congress fails to pass a funding bill.... Read more»

Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

Congress punts, McSally votes for 1-week DHS extension

With just hours to go before a midnight shutdown, Congress voted Friday to fund Homeland Security for one more week. The stopgap move does nothing to resolve the impasse between rightwing Republicans who want to roll back President Obama's immigration policies, and Democrats who want a vote on a "clean" funding bill for the department.... Read more»1

Executive action won't solve issue of uninsured immigrants

The president’s proposed immigration action could give millions of unauthorized immigrants the right to stay in the country and work, but it won’t solve their lack of health insurance. ... Read more»

Analysis

Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

County leaders say local gov't must play role in immigration

Immigration may be a federal issue, but Arizona officials said county governments have a role to play, too - particularly in educating residents about the immigration system. The comments came at briefing on the president's immigration actions at national meeting of county officials. ... Read more»3

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

Feds cancel RFP for immigration paperwork center

Friday, the federal government called off a call for proposals to set up a special operations center in Virginia to process to process up to five million forms for DAPA, the Obama administration's deferred action program focused on parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. ... Read more»

White House to seek stay of immigration ruling

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration plan to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program earlier this week. ... Read more»

Immigrants found hiding in trunk at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents found two Mexican nationals hiding in the trunk of a car on Tuesday, and arrested a third at the I-19 checkpoint on Tuesday. ... Read more»

Advocates say court ruling won’t stop Obama’s immigration action

Arizona is one of 26 states suing to block President Obama's expanded immigration reforms, and state GOP lawmakers hailed the order delaying those policies two days before they were to take effect. Immigration advocates were unfazed, confident the order will be overturned. ... Read more»

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