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W. Mark Clark, president of Pima Council on Aging, in testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Aging said there should be more funding for programs that help senior citizens live on their own.

Mortality rates are higher among seniors who are aging in isolation, a “silent killer” that affects millions but goes mostly unnoticed. An estimated 8 million older adults are affected by isolation, putting them at more risk for depression, dementia and mortality, a group of experts, including the Pima Council on Aging's W. Mark Clark, told Congress. Read more»

President Donald Trump has called for the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, but some advocates worry that a rush to hire could lead to a loosening of standards, something agency officials insist will not happen.

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases. Read more»

A stretch of U.S.-Mexico border wall near Nogales. Latino groups are criticizing Hispanic-owned firms that have expressed an interest in bidding on a Trump administration plan to extend the wall the length of the Southwestern border, but the companies are unfazed.

Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of “interested vendors” for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project “shameful” and “wrong." Read more»

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities. Read more»

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at a meeting to plan strategy on how to confront transnational criminal organizations, said 'sanctuary cities' that decline to cooperate with federal immigration officials 'dangerously undermine' the fight against gangs.

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said Read more»

Union officials and lawmakers are questioning the usefulness of polygraphs – lie-detector tests – for Border Patrol applicants. But others say the tests are needed more than ever as Customs and Border Patrol prepares for a hiring binge.

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.” Read more»

While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go. Read more»

When there is water in the Santa Cruz near Tucson, if flows north, but the river bed is dry a majority of the time.

Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border. Read more»

House Republicans renewed their call this week for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants. Read more»

From left, Promise Arizona Executive Director Petra Falcon and volunteers Manuela Eseberre and Graciela Pacheco join protestors outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to protest administration immigration policies.

Immigration advocates from Arizona joined others from across the country at a rally outside the Customs and Border Protection office in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, part of a three-day summit aimed at organizing grass-roots resistance to Trump administration policies. Read more»

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal calls for hiring 75 judges and 60 prosecutors to clear up a backlog of immigration cases, but not all immigration advocates are embracing the plan. The budget also calls for 40 more deputy U.S. marshals.

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors. Read more»

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, considered a leading candidate for Mexican president, filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against President Donald Trump’s characterization of and policies toward Mexican immigrants.

A leading candidate for the Mexican presidency filed a petition Wednesday in Washington that calls on President Trump’s administration to stop its “racist, discriminatory speech” and “massive” deportation aimed at Mexican migrants. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist leader of the National Regeneration Movement in Mexico, made the comments as part of a speech. Read more»

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.” Read more»

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, talks with Paul Beeson, director of a joint border task force in Arizona, after a hearing on the fight against drug cartels, which McSally called a 'continuous public safety concern.'

The Border Patrol’s chief agent in the Tucson Sector, told a House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Martha McSally that a barrier along the border cannot be the only line of defense against the cartels. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly listens to lawmakers’ concerns about President Donald Trump’s executive orders on border security and on limiting travel to the U.S. from certain countries.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a House panel Tuesday that a wall will help close the “gaping wound” of the U.S-Mexico border, but that he will rely on local authorities to tell his department where and how to close the border. Read more»

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