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Thousands of refugees came to Arizona in 2016, but fewer arrived last year

President Trump campaigned on a promise of putting America first by scaling back its foreign involvements and pledging to stem the tide of refugees from Syria and elsewhere to address terrorism.... Read more»

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Trump gets partial win from Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can proceed, for now, with a limited version of its restrictions on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a ban that critics called at thinly veiled Muslim ban.... Read more»

GOP lawmakers say Trump should make good on campaign pledge on Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s first official trip overseas this week took him to the capital cities of Riyadh, Brussels, Vatican City and Tel Aviv – but some Arizona lawmakers think he went to the wrong capital city while in Israel.... Read more»

Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»

Executive order: Complete text of Trump's new travel ban

The complete text of President Trump's new executive order: "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States."... 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»

Appeals court rejects Trump's appeal over travel ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate President Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., rejecting claims that courts could not review Trump's orders. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the measure last week.... Read more»

After judge lifts travel ban, Trump fumes, vows to act

President Trump denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, vowing that his government would reinstate it as affected travelers scrambled to try to quickly enter the United States.... Read more»

Trump order will block 500,000 legal U.S. residents from returning from trips abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards.... Read more»

Trump bars refugees to U.S. for 120 days, blocks Syrians indefinitely

Jamal Saleh fled violence and police brutality in his native Syria in 2013, resettling in Phoenix with his wife and seven children, but leaving his farm, his beloved hometown, his brother and his sisters back in Syria. Which is where they may stay, after President Trump signed an order to block refugees from entering the U.S.... Read more»

Trump expected to order border wall work, temporary refugee ban

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include directing the construction of a border wall with Mexico, a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa.... Read more»

Arizona took more Syrian refugees than most states, U.S. seeks more

At least 800 Syrian refugees were resettled in Arizona over the last year, more refugees than all but three states in the nation, according to the most recent data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center.... Read more»

Factcheck: Did Obama cut VA to fund Syrian refugees?

Did President Obama cut benefits for veterans by $2.6 billion to give the money to Syrian refugees? No. The Department of Veterans Affairs transferred funds to close a $2.6 billion gap in a health care program. The transfer is unrelated to Syrian refugee aid.... Read more»

McCain wants U.S. troops in Syria, compromise on cybersecurity

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who had earlier opposed U.S. "boots on the ground" in Syria, wants to deploy 10,000 troops in that Middle Eastern country to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime.... Read more»

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