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Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, flanked by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, left, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, right, said the military has to shoulder some of the blame for substandard housing on bases.

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»

An immigrant family turns itself in to a Border Patrol agent in June after crossing the Rio Grande in June to enter the U.S. illegally. New data who the number of single adult migrants stopped surpassed the number in families for the first time in a year 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»

TVs at the Union Pub on Capitol Hill were tuned Wednesday to the first day of public impeachment hearings in the House.

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»

Farmworkers pick lettuce in Yuma in this file photo from 2012. A new bipartisan bill in Congress aims to ease ongoing problems that U.S. farmers have in getting immigrant farmworkers.

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»

Army veteran Hector Barajas-Varela told lawmakers about the years he spent in Tijuana after his second deportation in 2010. He set up the Deported Veterans Support House while there to help other vets like 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»

U visas allow immigrants who are victims of domestic violence to get a temporary green card, among other benefits. The number of applications has risen sharply in recent years – but so has the number flagged by authorities for potential fraud.

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»

Workers repair a section of border wall near Calexico, California, in this 2018 photo. A federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to divert $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to the wall – including $1.3 billion for Yuma-area projects – was unlawful.

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»

Arizona state Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, was paralyzed after being hit by random gunfire in 2004. She plans to introduce a package of gun-control bills and believes most state residents are ready, if not all state lawmakers.

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»

Despite a relatively strong economy, the number of people without health insurance rose between 2017 and 2018, the Census Bureau says. Nationally, 28.5 million people, or 8.9% of the population, were without coverage last year, while in Arizona it was 750,000 people, or 10.6% of the state. Photo by

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

Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCain, has been a member of human trafficking task forces under both Gov. Jan Brewer and Gov. Doug Ducey. She said trafficking is  an 'epidemic' in the state.

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»

The Islamic Center of Tucson and the Sol y Luna apartments in the background. Apartment managers have tightened rules on residents after incidents in which tenants harassed members of the mosque.

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»

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»

State health department data show that an average of two people a day in Arizona have died of opioid overdoses – both illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl and prescripion drugs – in recent years.

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»

Venezuelan migrants wait for processing before crossing the border between Ecuador and Peru. Experts predict nearly 8.2 million Venezuelans will have been displaced by social and political unrest in their homeland by 2020, and Peru likely will remain a major destination for resettlement.

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»