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El alguacil del condado de Cochise, Mark Dannels, le dijo a un comité de la Cámara de Representantes sobre trata de personas que los delitos relacionados con la frontera están en su 'máximo histórico', pero otros testigos dijeron que la delincuencia fronteriza tiene poco que ver con la trata de personas.

Los delitos relacionados con la frontera se encuentran en su “máximo histórico”, según el testimonio del alguacil del condado de Cochise, Mark Dannels, y solo empeorarían sin una reforma migratoria integral. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a House committee on human trafficking that border-related crimes are at an 'all-time high,' but other witnesses said border crime has little to do with human trafficking.

Border-related crimes are at an “all-time high,” according to testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on human trafficking by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, and would only get worse without comprehensive immigration reform. Read more» 2

Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam wall on Aug. 18, 2021, as the lake was at historic lows.

Officials from the seven Colorado River basin states agreed Friday with a federal plan to sharply cut releases from Lake Powell, as both groups scramble to protect water supplies and power generation by propping up the lake’s level. Read more»

Arizona’s 3.3% unemployment rate in March was the lowest in at least a half-century, one of 17 states that posted what the Biden administration said are 'historic' lows as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic. (Photo by

Arizona’s unemployment rate fell to 3.3% in March, the lowest rate in almost a half-century, but the lower unemployment rate might also reflect a pandemic-driven drop in the labor force that has left some businesses hard-pressed to fill job openings. Read more»

Trucks loaded with chili peppers wait to enter the U.S. in this 2014 photo. One official said as much as $100 million in produce has been lost this week because of delays at the Texas border.

Commercial truckers were coping with longer-than-normal delays at the Nogales border crossing Thursday, as trucks trying to escape a logjam at the Texas border headed west to Arizona instead. Read more»

As many as 500,000 Arizonans currently getting Medicaid were in danger of losing coverage beginning this weekend, when a pandemic-related public health emergency was set to expire. That won’t happen, for now, as federal officials on Tuesday extended the emergency another 90 days.

Federal officials on Tuesday extended the emergency Medicaid authorization for another 90 days - a lifeline to as many as 500,000 Arizonans - just days before they were in danger of losing coverage they got under the COVID-19 public health emergency. Read more»

President Joe Biden warned business leaders to expect more cyberattacks, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent U.S. military support and economic sanctions. Arizona cybersecurity officials all repeated variations of the mantra 'cybersecurity is everybody’s responsibility.'

When President Joe Biden told business leaders recently that it was their “patriotic obligation” to protect their networks from likely Russian cyberattacks, security officials in Arizona agreed with a nod – and a shrug. Read more»

President Joe Biden walks with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson along the West Colonnade of the White House.

Arizona’s senators joined their fellow Democrats and a handful of Republicans Thursday to confirm the historic appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Read more»

Arizona has carried out most executions with lethal injection since 1992, but problems with a 2014 execution had halted them since then. Clarence Dixon, whose execution date was set for May 11, will have the choice of being put to death by injection or in the state’s gas chamber if his sentence is carried out.

The Arizona Supreme Court set May 11 as the execution date for Clarence Dixon, a rapist and murderer who would become the first inmate put to death in Arizona since a badly botched lethal injection in 2014. Read more»

Migrants head back to Mexico after being encountered by Border Patrol agents near Sasabe in March 2020, shortly after the start of Title 42. That health regulation allowed the expulsion of migrants as a protection against the spread of COVID-19, but the CDC said last week it is no longer needed and will be dropped after May 23.

For immigration advocates, the end to Title 42 - implemented in March 2020 as a public health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 - couldn’t come soon enough, but critics warned that it’s coming too soon and will “open the floodgates” to migrants at the southern border. Read more»

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.7 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which is now set to expire on May 23.

The Biden administration will end the pandemic-era Title 42 policy to turn people away at the border effective May 23, and though officials insist they are prepared to handle a potential migrant surge, optimism was tempered by concern that federal agencies are prepared. Read more»

Un solo tallo de alfalfa sobreviviente sobresale de un campo en Caywoods Farm al este de Casa Grande en esta foto de archivo de octubre de 2021. La perspectiva de primavera de la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica exige más condiciones de sequía en Arizona, y en gran parte de la nación.

Los arizonenses que esperan un descanso esta primavera de la sequía que afecta al estado se sentirán decepcionados, ya que los climatólogos piden condiciones de sequía menores a excepcionales, lo que se llama la "nueva normalidad" del estado. Read more»

A single surviving stalk of alfalfa sticks out of a field at Caywoods Farm east of Casa Grande in this October 2021 file photo. The spring outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for more drought conditions in Arizona, and in much of the nation.

Arizonans hoping for a break this spring from the drought gripping the state will be disappointed, with climatologists calling for minor to exceptional drought conditions, what one calls the state’s “new normal.” Read more»

Varias docenas de manifestantes marcharon por Pensilvania desde el Trump International Hotel hasta la Casa Blanca a principios de esta semana para pedir el fin del Título 42. Pero los senadores de Arizona dijeron el jueves que si bien el Título 42 debería levantarse eventualmente, eso no debería suceder hasta que las instalaciones estén organizadas para manejar la probable oleada de inmigrantes.

Los senadores de Arizona instaron a la Casa Blanca a mantener vigente una controvertida política de control fronterizo a menos que la administración esté preparada para manejar el aumento de inmigrantes que surgiría de la eliminación del Título 42. Read more»

Several dozen protesters marched down Pennsylvania from the Trump International Hotel to the White House to call for an end to Title 42. But Arizona’s senators said Thursday that while Title 42 should be lifted eventually, that should not happen until facilities are in place to handle the likely surge in migrants.

Arizona’s senators urged the White House to keep a controversial border control policy in place unless the administration is prepared to handle the surge in migrants that would come from lifting Title 42. Read more»

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