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As threatened ICE sweeps loom, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups.... Read more»

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Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

The final vote included support from 129 Democrats and 176 Republicans, in what one expert called an “overwhelmingly bipartisan” vote to send emergency funding to the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and others.... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Handicapping the Tucson mayor's race & the myth of 'woke'

The race to replace Mayor Jonathan Rothschild leads to discussions about race and gender when voter outreach and turnout — and the necessary cash and hard work — will be what's truly pivotal. ... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers Grijalva, Schweikert focus of House ethics probes

Rep. Raul Grijalva said he expects “full vindication” after the House Ethics Committee’s request for documents involving four-year-old allegations of a hostile workplace in his congressional office.... Read more»

Trump drops Mexico tariffs in exchange for 'unprecedented' border surge

President Trump backed away Friday evening from his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, after Mexico agreed to "curb irregular migration" and deploy troops to its southern border. U.S. authorities will "immediately expand" the policy of sending back migrants who request asylum.... Read more»

Tribal leaders, lawmakers push bill to ban mining near Grand Canyon

Tribal and environmental officials urged House lawmakers Wednesday to protect sacred land and natural resources by supporting a permanent ban on mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Democrats push Dream Act through House, outlook in Senate less certain

The House voted mostly on party lines Tuesday to approve a bill that would protect "Dreamers" from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship, a bill Republicans charged would only lead to more illegal immigration.... Read more»

Mueller restates Russia report, Az lawmakers restate their positions

Arizona lawmakers did not appear to be swayed Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s careful recap of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with both Democrats and Republicans digging in to previous positions.... Read more»

Trump's tariff on Mexican goods 'baffling,' 'reckless,' say critics from right & left

President Trump has once again threatened to punish Mexico over migrant crossings with a tariff — this time of up to 25 percent — but critics including the Az Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Grijalva called the move everything from "baffling" to "unhinged."... Read more»

Uber, Lyft surge ahead of cabs in campaign expense reports

The initial public offering of Uber shares this month fell short of expectations, but there’s at least one audience where the ride-sharing service dominates: members of Congress.... Read more»

Critics blast DHS environmental waivers that clear way for border wall

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma.... Read more»

Same pages, different takes for Az lawmakers eyeing Mueller report

Arizona lawmakers looked at the same 448-page Mueller report Thursday and saw two different things, with two very different reactions depending on which side of the aisle they are on. If there was one common thread, it was that nobody’s mind appeared to be changed.... Read more»

Arizona tribes’ role in drought talks marks turning point for inclusion

Arizona's tribes — who have extensive water rights — played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan for Arizona. ... Read more»1

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»

House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»

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