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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»

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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»

Homeland Security delays accepting DACA applications

The day before federal officials were scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action under President Obama's executive actions, a Monday decision by a federal judge has halted the program. The secretary of Homeland Security announced that his agency had to comply with the eleventh-hour order and suspend the program until further notice. ... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.... Read more»

States brace for flood of deportation-relief requests

Millions of undocumented immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration changes planned for this spring. A new report profiles 94 areas in 24 states with the most concentrated undocumented immigrant communities. ... Read more»

ACLU sues Border Patrol for records covering alleged abuse of migrant children

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday for failing to produce records relating to allegations that migrant children were abused and mistreatment while held by Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed in June 2014 that 116 unaccompanied children reported abuse and neglect while in Border Patrol custody last year. ... Read more»

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