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Report: 636 violent attacks on migrants under ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

A new report claims there have been 636 violent attacks on asylum seekers returned to Mexico under a Trump administration policy, with close to half of those incidents coming in just the last two months. ... Read more»0

McSally: Military 'slumlords' should spend holidays in base housing

Lawmakers grilled military branch heads Tuesday over poor living conditions in military housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., compared to “slumlords.”... Read more»0

Family apprehensions at border fell below adults apprehended in October

For the first time in at least a year, more adult immigrants were apprehended at the southern border than families, according to October apprehension numbers released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»0

High-profile public impeachment hearings get off to a low-decibel start

The much-anticipated first day of open House impeachment hearings arrived Wednesday with none of the drama of recent high-profile events like the Kavanaugh confirmation, with one Arizona lawmaker describing the hearing as “pretty dry," while Rep. Grijalva called it a "solemn process."... Read more»0

Arizona farmers like – but don’t love – ‘agricultural immigration’ bill

Arizona farm groups said a proposal to expand the immigrant workforce and make it easier for those workers to stay in the U.S. is an important first step toward solving the problem of getting and keeping reliable workers.... Read more»0

Vet still proud to have served his country – even after it deported him

Hector Barajas-Varela is an Army veteran, proud to have served the United States as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division – even after the country deported him twice.... Read more»0

Advocates worry as 'domestic violence green cards' get greater scrutiny

Applications for “domestic violence green cards” have risen steadily since the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, but the percentage flagged possibly fraudulent has risen at an even faster pace.... Read more»0

Trump’s emergency wall funding declaration was 'unlawful,' court says

A federal judge in Texas Friday blocked an administration plan to use $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction, calling President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to secure the funds “unlawful.”... Read more»0

Az lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington

State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, didn’t need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence.... Read more»0

Census: 55,000 Arizonans lost health insurance coverage last year

A high immigrant population and Trump Administration efforts to dismantle Obamacare get the blame for the apparent drop in coverage.... Read more»0

McCain, McSally: State at forefront on trafficking, more work remains

Officials at a forum on human trafficking said Arizona is “leading at the state level” on prevention, but warned that people need to remain vigilant to what one speaker called a trafficking “epidemic” in the state.... Read more»0

Two takes: Tucson mosque debates whether beer-can throwing was hate crime

Mosque officials have been working with the Tucson Police Department on the beer-can incident and the department has assigned a detective to the case, who is looking at it for now as an issue between neighbors. ... Read more»0

GOP looks to clear nomination path for Trump by canceling Az primary

President Donald Trump’s road to renomination could get easier through Arizona, with the state Republican Party looking to join three other states and drop its presidential primary next year.... Read more»0

Arizona to get $20 million of $1.8 billion federal fund to fight opioids

Arizona will get more than $20 million in State Opioid Response grant funds from the federal government, part of $1.8 billion in grants the Trump administration said it was releasing to states Wednesday.... Read more»0

As Peru welcomes Venezuelan refugees, its immigration system is overwhelmed

As Venezuela's economic and political crisis continues, Peru's limited-scale asylum system is working through an estimated 161,000 asylum claims, after more than 700,000 Venezuelans came into the country since 2015. ... Read more»0