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Apprehension and deportation of immigrants at the border have risen sharply over the last decade, and most of those immigrants have committed no crime besides crossing the border.

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson touted the successes of his department, telling a Washington audience that 'it’s now much harder to cross our border and evade capture than it used to be.'

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said illegal immigration is down, border security is up and word is getting out to would-be border crossers. But he called for vigilance against new threats from homegrown extremists who leave the U.S. to join groups like ISIS. Read more» 1

The Supreme Court’s decision to take the Arizona Legislature’s challenge of a law that set up an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional boundaries could affect other states with similar systems.

The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear the Arizona Legislature’s challenge to a voter-passed law that gave an independent, nonpartisan commission – not lawmakers – the power to draw legislative and congressional district boundaries Read more»

A bulldozer crawls over a pile of coal at Peabody’s Kayenta mine on the Navajo Nation in this 2012 photo.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Peabody Western Coal Co. can give preference to Navajo tribal members when making hiring decisions for mines on the Navajo Nation. Read more»

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, left, and Navajo Council Speaker Pro Tem LoRenzo Bates announced in May that the tribe had accepted a $554 million settlement of its lawsuit against the federal government. The deal will be formally signed Friday with Obama administration and tribal officials in Window Rock.

The tribe's 2006 lawsuit originally sought $900 million for what it called the federal government's decades of mishandling royalties from oil, gas, coal, uranium and other mineral leases it held in trust for the tribe. The settlement was hailed as a "victory for tribal sovereignty." Read more»

Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta said her county relied on the $1.7 million in PILT funding it got this year from the federal government to fund fire management and other essential services.

Local leaders from Arizona and other states urged Congress to safeguard the payment in lieu of taxes, which reimburses counties for untaxable federal land and is vital to county budgets. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale,thinks President Barack Obama’s plan to fight ISIS is 'insufficient,' but believes Congress will ultimately approve his request for military personnel to train fighters in the region.

Members of the state's congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan. Read more» 1

Salvador Sarmiento of the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network said leaders in Washington are too far removed from immigrant communities that are affected by the failure to reform immigration policies.

As Congress returned from its August recess, advocates and Arizona lawmakers from both parties had harsh reactions to President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he would not take action on immigration reform by the end of summer as he had previously vowed. Read more»

Immigration Judges Dana Leigh Marks, left, and Denise Noonan Slavin called on Congress to help fix record-high caseload backlogs in the immigration court system. They spoke as as president and executive vice president, respectively, of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

Congress needs to double the number of judges and reorganize immigration courts to cope with a record-high 375,000 backlogged cases - including 15,000 in Arizona - two of those judges said. Read more»

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a "staggering" sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general. Read more»

Lesvia Entzin Gomez, a Chiapas mother of three, was blinded when her husband, drunken and enraged, shot her in the face with a shotgun in July 2013. She described the attack to reporters in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico.

About 30 percent of women in the Mexican state of Chiapas are domestic violence victims - and that's the best rate for all of Mexico. After some gains, women in Chiapas have seen progress toward the rights, and safety, level off but they have not given up the fight. Read more»

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