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Az DACA recipients claim win after SCOTUS denies appeal on driver’s licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.”... Read more»

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$25M TIGER grant will fund Nogales port improvements

A $25 million federal grant will pay for a "major reconfiguration" of the road leading to the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, which Rep. Raul Grijalva said will "provide much-needed infrastructure repairs."... Read more»

Trump administration sues California over laws shielding immigrants

The Justice Department is suing California, alleging constitutional violations in that three state laws enacted this past year that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials to protect immigrants.... Read more»

Az lawmaker & DACA recipient arrested at DC immigration protest

Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were among dozens of marchers arrested Monday in Washington during a protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hoover: Border Patrol's 'hot water' claims are all wet

Here we go again. The Border Patrol is retaliating against humanitarians working to save lives in the desert. Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council recently said, "If that water heats up in the desert, it's actually a lot more dangerous to drink extremely heated water than what it is if you don't have that water at all." ... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 78 months for assaulting BP agent

Leopoldo Rubio-Quinonez was sentenced to prison for biting a Border Patrol agent's thumb during an arrest near Lukeville, Ariz., in December 2016. During the altercation, Rubio-Quinonez was tasered and punched by agents, and suffered a collapsed lung and fractured bones in his face, requiring hospitalization. ... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Trump attempt to leapfrog 9th Circuit on 'Dreamers' cases

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court sends it back to the lower court, leaving in place two nationwide injunctions keeping the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

Census rushes to respond to request to add citizenship question

The Census Bureau is exploring options about adding a citizenship question to the next census, amid a firestorm of protest about the controversial proposal.... Read more»

Democratic CD2 candidates look to stand out in crowded race

In a six-way race for the Democratic nomination for Arizona's CD 2, the candidates sought to distinguish themselves during a candidate forum in Sahuarita on Sunday, responding to questions from TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith.... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

Rand Paul: Kelli Ward is only true conservative running for Senate

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a standard bearer for Tea Party conservatives, praised U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward at a campaign rally in Scottsdale, calling her a “constitutional conservative” who will stand up to the D.C., establishment.... Read more»

New charges filed against No More Deaths volunteer

NMD volunteer Scott Daniel Warren, 35, now faces up to 10 years in prison, or more, after a grand jury indicted him on two counts for harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. ... Read more»

Court proceedings continue after arrests of No More Deaths volunteers

Members of No More Deaths have faced 36 misdemeanor cases in the past 15 years brought by federal authorities. They have not lost a single one. But a recent round of arrests has put nine volunteers in limbo at a time when the relationship between the humanitarian group and Border Patrol is perhaps more tense than ever. ... Read more»

Undocumented father of 5 who sought sanctuary at Phx church granted stay

Federal authorities have granted Jesus Berrones, an undocumented father of five whose story has garnered international attention, a one-year stay on humanitarian grounds.... Read more»

Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric deters families, not drug smugglers

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased.... Read more»

McCain immigration bill blasted as ‘waste of time’ by Trump

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.”... Read more»

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