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Ghost guns are sold in parts without serial numbers or background checks to be assembled by the user.

Fighting a New Jersey law that made sharing instructions for 3D-printed firearms a crime, open-source ghost gun proponents urged a Fifth Circuit panel Tuesday to let their challenge proceed in a Texas federal court. Read more»

Leaders of the election-monitoring group True the Vote have until Monday morning to identify a man privy to the download of personal information of 1.8 million U.S. poll workers from a software company’s server, or they will be detained for contempt. Read more»

Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals hold signs at a rally outside the Houston federal courthouse on Oct. 14, 2022, after a status conference on DACA-related litigation before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen.

U.S. Circuit Judge Andrew Hanen held a status conference Friday at the Houston federal courthouse after a Fifth Circuit panel agreed last week with his determination that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was implemented in violation of federal law. Read more»

The policy is geared toward people brought into the U.S. illegally as children or who became undocumented along with their parents when their visas expired.

A federal program that has protected more than 600,000 young immigrants from deportation has “fundamental substantial defects,” a Fifth Circuit panel ruled, siding with a Texas-led coalition of red states who aim to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within two years. Read more»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero was one of the headliners at the three-day conference,  sharing ideas on how to increase voter registration, education and turnout.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero joined a a bipartisan group of U.S. mayors at the National Nonpartisan Conversation on Voting Rights and laid out a goal of making voting in America as easy as getting a glass of water. Read more»

A cache of weapons found in the car of a Phoenix-area man during outgoing inspections at the Lukeville Port of Entry in 2016. One of the rifles included a 3-D printed receiver.

Companies that sell firearm frames, known in the industry as “receiver blanks” and “lower receivers,” that can be readily converted to shoot bullets must comply with a new ATF rule after a bid to block the new regulations was rejected by a federal judge. Read more»

The left side of a Bushmaster Ar-15 lower receiver.

A Texas firearms parts dealer asked a federal judge to block a Biden administration rule targeting "ghost guns" it claims will shutter its business - a rule also being challenged by Arizona and other GOP states on behalf of a North Dakota gun shop. Read more»

Of the 3,551 people convicted of human smuggling in fiscal year 2021, the average prison sentence was 15 months.

Laredo is the epicenter of a multibillion-dollar migrant smuggling industry, where coyotes bring people they have led across the Rio Grande to stash houses before their associates load groups of them onto trailers tucked away in the city’s warehouse district. Read more»

The Biden adminstration noted to qualify for DACA people have must lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

The Biden administration told a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Wednesday that eliminating DACA 10 years after it was started would cause major disruptions for so-called Dreamers, their U.S. citizen children and employers. Read more»

Tipton’s latest ruling comes after he held a bench trial on the merits in February and he cites the same reasons for striking down Mayorkas’ final memorandum as he did in his preliminary injunction order against the interim regime.

The Biden administration must revamp its deportation policies, a Trump-appointed judge ruled Friday, finding they conflict with immigration statutes by making optional the detention of noncitizens convicted of aggravated felonies and other serious crimes. Read more»

A Texas high school student opened fire at an elementary school Tuesday and killed at least 18 students and a teacher before police fatally shot him, marking the 212th mass shooting in the United States this year in which four or more people were shot or killed. Read more»

Cameras used to monitor migrant movement across the U.S. border with Mexico.

The Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday it has no policy against building barriers at the southwest border, refuting Texas’ and Missouri’s claims it is refusing to spend $2.7 billion Congress appropriated for that purpose. Read more»

Federal employees facing discipline for rejecting President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate must go through an administrative process before turning to the D.C. Circuit, the Fifth Circuit ruled late Thursday, vacating an injunction against the edict. Read more»

President Joe Biden walks with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 26, 2021, at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center in Houston.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott boasted Thursday about the amount of fentanyl seized and the number of undocumented immigrants arrested since a border crackdown a year ago - yet many immigrants have had cases dismissed and six National Guard soldiers have died during the deployment. Read more»

Brigadier General Caroline M. Miller receives the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots on Jan. 29, 2021.

The Justice Department pressed a panel of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals to lift the injunction against the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all federal agencies - issued last September by President Joe Biden and blocked in January with a nationwide preliminary injunction by a district judge. Read more»

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