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Babeu tells House panel there’s ‘no law’ on immigration under Obama

The charged hearing on immigration enforcement came as Congress grappled with Department of Homeland Security funding, which ends this month. A House bill to fund the agency without money for the president's immigration actions is stalled in the Senate. ... Read more»7

Obama recruits Texans to help sell immigration plan

Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy. ... Read more»

Texas lawmakers want to expand worker screening

Just before leaving office, Rick Perry ordered state agencies to start using E-Verify, the federal employment verification system, to make sure job applicants can legally work. But some lawmakers say that mandate isn't enough.... Read more»

FactChecking Santorum: All U.S. jobs did not go to immigrants

Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the “6 million net new jobs created in America” since 2000, “all of them” are held by immigrants. That’s not accurate. ... Read more»3

Kickstarter deadline for Panorama: Photos of the entire Az-Mexico border

Just in: Help us hit triple our goal before Saturday's deadline! Support TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea," an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them. Contribute on Kickstarter before time runs out.... Read more»

Deferred action applications open next month

The federal government will begin accepting applications next month under the expanded rules for the deferred action from deportation program, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

Bill before Congress would give entrepreneurs citizenship opportunity

A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years.... Read more»

Texas Dems set to play defense on immigration

After hitting immigration issues hard during their campaigns, Texas Republicans including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are on the hook to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students. Its survival may come down to the business lobby, and wily House Democrats. ... Read more»

Facing criticism, House delays border security bill

The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it "extremist," while others said it was "timid" and "enforcement theater." ... Read more»2

Homeland Security chief bashes McSally-backed border bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sharply criticized a border security bill headed for a House floor vote next week, calling the legislation "extreme to the point of being unworkable." The measure includes an amendment pushed by Rep. Martha McSally that would require the Border Patrol to deploy closer to the U.S.-Mexico line.... Read more»6

McSally measure would direct BP to deploy at border line

Rep. Martha McSally added provisions to a border bill in Congress that would direct the Border Patrol to "patrol as close to the physical land border as possible" — a move the BP union local says "looks good from D.C." but not from where they stand. ... Read more»3

McSally backing plan to fund permanent Nat'l Guard border deployments

The U.S. Border Patrol would have greater freedom to patrol federally protected lands, and the National Guard would be fully funded for permanent border security operations if a key Texas Republican has better luck on immigration legislation with a new Congress. Rep. Martha McSally is also signing on to the Secure Our Borders First Act.... Read more»3

Arizona splits along party lines in immigration vote

Arizona’s delegation split down party lines on a bill to fund Homeland Security while stripping funding for President Obama’s executive action on immigration. New Rep. Martha McSally also straddled the fence, voting against an amendment to block Obama's action, but approving the final bill after the amendment passed.... Read more»

Attempts to dupe immigration agents rise

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else... Read more»

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