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Hate crimes in the U.S. are so commonplace they seem routine

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them. ... Read more»

Victims in thousands of potential hate crimes never notify police

More than half of the people who said they were the victim of a hate crime in recent years did not report the incidents to police. When victims did report to the police, their assailants were arrested in just 10 percent of the cases.... Read more»

Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»

In Nogales, AG Sessions vows stand against border 'filth'

In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border as the attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions outlined the Trump administration's approach to border security in martial terms, calling the border "ground zero in this fight" against drug cartels. Rep. Raul Grijalva called the AG a "white supremacist" after his remarks. ... Read more»

Call for crackdown on immigration, sanctuary cities, splits House panel

House Republicans renewed their call this week for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants.... Read more»

'Sanctuary cities' weigh response to Trump's threat to curb funding

Officials from so-called sanctuary cities met in New York on Tuesday to discuss their response to threats from the Trump administration to cut off some funding to cities and states that fail to assist federal authorities in arresting illegal immigrants.... Read more»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

Teen in Israel linked to bomb threats against Jewish community centers

An Israel-American teenager has been arrested by Israeli police after an investigation that linked him to the rash of bomb threats against nearly 150 Jewish community centers in the United States — which may include two threats that put the Jewish Community Center in Tucson on lockdown late February and early March. ... Read more»

Trump signs revised travel ban order, leaves Iraq off

President Trump signed a revised executive order Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the U.S. but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. The new order keeps a 90-day ban on travel by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.... Read more»

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

Former DREAMer, Phoenix resident raises concerns at Sessions hearing

Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is “living the American dream” – a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.... Read more»

As gov't shutdown looms, 40,000 federal workers in Az wait

With Congress at an apparent budget impasse, a looming government shutdown could send thousands of federal workers in Arizona home next week and pull millions of dollars from the state’s economy in the process. It’s not clear how many of the more than 40,000 federal workers in the state would be affected – or even if there will be a shutdown at all before the Tuesday deadline for a budget deal.... Read more»

The facts on CBO’s immigration report

Two senators opposed to the Gang of Eight immigration bill are telling only half the story with their claims that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned the bill would be bad for wages and unemployment. That may be true over the next decade, but the CBO’s conclusion was just the opposite for the long term.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Congress, lies and statistics

One of the reasons Americans are still confused about the Affordable Care Act is the ongoing misrepresentation of the law by members of Congress who voted against it. This obfuscation isn’t confined to what the law actually does or doesn’t do, but also to what impact it might have on the federal deficit in years to come, as a vocal critic of the law demonstrated last week.... Read more»

Factcheck: Sessions wrong on Bush tax cuts

Sen. Jeff Sessions wrongly claimed that federal revenues "went up every single year" after the Bush tax cuts were "put in." Actually, federal revenues declined for three straight years after the first tax cut was signed in 2001.... Read more»