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Texas: Far-reaching border security bill clears first hurdle

As a Texas House committee endorsed a broad border security bill Wednesday, its members sought to reassure critics who worried the bill would allow for someone to be prosecuted for human smuggling for driving his or her undocumented grandmother home. ... Read more»

McCain: AG nominee unfit because she supports Obama’s immigration action

U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration makes her unfit for the post.... Read more»1

Texas accuses Obama administration of misleading judge

Attorneys for the state of Texas say the Obama administration started granting work permits to undocumented immigrants before it said it would, and misled a federal judge about it. They're demanding more details. ... Read more»

Poll: Political beliefs drive views on immigration

A new poll found that 52 percent of Arizonans support aggressive deportation policies, however nine of out 10 Arizonans want undocumented immigrants treated humanely. ... Read more»

States urge judge to keep immigration plan on hold

A coalition of states' attorneys general argued Tuesday that President Obama’s own actions should convince a federal judge to keep a controversial immigration plan on hold.... Read more»

Congress fully funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the DHS through September. ... Read more»

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

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