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Ducey, Napier join White House event defending ICE agents

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey were among the officials with President Trump at a White House event to honor immigration and border officials in the face of calls by some to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.... Read more»

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Flags at half-staff for Phx firefighter found dead while on Nat'l Guard duty

A Phoenix firefighter who was found dead on Friday in his quarters at an Army National Guard base is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff on Monday.... Read more»

McSally pumps Nat'l Guard on border with Ukrainian soldier photo

A stock tough-on-the-border message from Martha McSally comes with a depiction of a soldier that's a bit unfamiliar. Instead of a National Guard member, it shows a figure armed with an AK-74, sold by a Ukrainian photographer, and falsely implies that armed troops are on patrol.... Read more»1

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Prior Guard deployments to border got lukewarm reviews by auditors

A GAO audit after National Guard deployments ordered by Presidents Bush and Obama said that while they did have some success in combating illegal border activity, the operations had numerous problems and were inefficient.... Read more»

Ducey sending 150 Az National Guard troops to border, but questions remain

Arizona plans to send “approximately 150 National Guard members” to the U.S.-Mexico border next week, but questions remain about the duties and duration of the deployment, as well as who will pay for it.... Read more»

Trump deploying troops to border, but crossings at historic lows

Homeland Security said a surge of apprehensions at the border justifies President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units, but critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows.... Read more»

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»

'Time we get serious’: Az ranchers support Trump’s move to militarize border

By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat.... Read more»1

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Iraqi pilot killed when Tucson-based F-16 crashes near Safford

An Iraqi F-16 fighter jet training in Tucson crashed Tuesday afternoon near Safford, Ariz., killing the pilot, officials said. The Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing also conducts training for pilots of allied nations, including Iraq, Singapore, Oman and NATO countries.... Read more»

Pentagon recognizes Salt River Project for supporting military

The Tempe-based utility received the Defense Department’s Employer Support Freedom Award on Friday at a Pentagon ceremony.... Read more»

Documenting hate

Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles. ... Read more»

White House denies plan to use Nat'l Guard for immigration enforcement

The White House on Friday said there was no plan to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, after a news report that such a proposal had been under consideration by the Trump administration.... Read more»

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