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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer toured the Department of Homeland Security’s Nogales center for processing immigrant children in June. The center is no longer processing unaccompanied minors.

More than 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were sent to Arizona for processing by Customs and Border Protection this summer, but fewer than 200 of them ended up staying in the state. That’s less than 1 percent of the 30,340 children who were processed and placed with sponsors. Read more»

A protester is cuffed and led away by police during the anti-deportation demonstration outside the White House.

A Phoenix minister was among a group of religious leaders and immigration advocates arrested Thursday at the White House, where hundreds turned out to demand a halt to deportations. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the House canceled a vote on a bill to address the crisis of children illegally crossing the Southwest border. Read more» 1

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who's aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber. Read more»

Rocio Saenz of Mi Familia Vota speaks at the release of a 'scorecard' on how House members voted on immigration issues in 2014. The report aims to let people know 'how our leaders in Congress fail on the one issue that is so important to all of us,' she said.

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the "far-left" scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was "honored" by his perfect score. Read more» 2

The tentative agreement between the House and Senate would make it easier for veterans to seek care outside the VA and fund more facilities and the hiring of more medical staff, among other proposals.

The Phoenix facility was one 27 projects, worth more than $230 million, that were part of the tentative $17 billion deal between the House and Senate on the overall veterans health-care package. The two chambers have only a few days to act before leaving town for their August recess. Read more»

Johnson last month in Nogales.

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that they have cut the time it takes to deport Central American adults and seen a sharp drop in the number of children trying to cross the border. Secretary Johnson said officials had reduced the time it takes to repatriate adults to Central America, from about 33 days to about four days now. Read more»

Arizona residents may need to provide a form of ID other than their driver’s license to gain access to restricted areas of some federal facilities, as new restrictions begin to take effect for states that do not comply with the fedearl Real ID act.

Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs. The first fallout from the decision could begin soon, with Arizonans not allowed into restricted federal facilities, and possibly not allowed to board airplanes beginning in 2016. Read more»

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asks why the administration is only now dealing with the surge of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the Southwest border when the number has been rising for several years.

Two days after the president sought 3.7 billion in emergency funding to stem a tide of immigrant children on the Southwest border, lawmakers were split over the request. Backers said it is urgently needed, but opponents said the money will do little to stop future crossings. Read more»

Former Gov. Rose Mofford, left, spoke at a 2011 panel discussion featuring Arizona’s women governors, as current Gov. Jan Brewer listened. The state has had four women governors, most in the nation.

Arizona has the third-highest percentage of women in its legislature, at 34 percent, trailing Colorado and Vermont, according to data from Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show the explosion in the number of unaccompanied child migrants from Guatemala in recent years (in yellow), while Guatemalan government data show a steady decline in the number of children repatriated to that country in the same period (in red).

The White House and DHS have mounted a campaign in recent days to tell children who cross the border they will not be eligible for deferred action and will be sent home. But data from Guatemala indicate that, in recent years, fewer and fewer children have been sent home to that country. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing that the administration is considering all lawful options to deal with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the Southwest border.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that Arizona officials should have been notified before hundreds of immigrant children and families were shipped to Nogales for processing – instead of learning about it in news reports. Read more» 1

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., right, chariman of the House of Veteran Affairs Committee, talks with Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, the ranking Democrat on the committee, before a May hearing on problems at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

Since the VA scandal first made headlines in April, Congress has introduced at least 28 bills related to the Veterans Affairs system and congressional committees have held nine hearings, with more scheduled this week. Political experts said the rush of activity is not surprising. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks about federal plans to deal with the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Southwest border. Johnson stressed that those children will ultimately be returned to their home countries.

Leaders of five federal departments detailed their agencies’ responses as they struggle to cope with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children caught crossing the Southwest border. The influx flooded facilities in Texas and led to hundreds of youths being shipped to Arizona and elsewhere. Read more»

The U.S. has recently seen a surge in the number of unaccompanied minor immigrants in the country illegally, many of whom cross the border in to Texas. Hundreds of them have been transferred to Arizona for handling.

The White House on Monday outlined actions the government has taken in response to a recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children that has burdened immigration facilities in Texas and led to some immigrants being transported to Arizona. Read more»

Jack Lunsford at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama honored cities – like Phoenix – that have worked to eradicate veterans’ homelessness. Lunsford, a special assistant to Mayor Greg Stanton, said the event was an important reinforcement of what the cities are doing.

It’s been a rough couple weeks for Phoenix as far as the news that has been coming out of the city about veterans. But on Wednesday, the White House delivered a welcome bit of good news. Read more»

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