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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protest at the United Food and Commercial Workers building in Phoenix on Sept. 5, 2017, the day the Trump administration said it was ending DACA. On Friday, a federal district judge ordered the program restored – a ruling the administration said it will appeal, despite having lost once already at the Supreme Court.

The Trump administration said Monday it will abide by a court order – for now – to start accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications, a move that could affect an estimated 682,000 undocumented immigrants. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., is sworn in during a reenactement by Vice President Mike Pence as Kelly’s wife, Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from the Tucson area, holds a family Bible in the old Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol. Kelly’s swearing-in gives Arizona two Democratic senators for the first time in almost 70 years.

Less than a month after Election Day, Mark Kelly was sworn in as the junior senator from Arizona on Wednesday and will serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s term. Read more»

Democratic mayors from across the state urged Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to implement a statewide mask mandate, as COVID-19 cases surged past 4,000 for a second straight day and state hospitals neared capacity in their intensive care units. Read more»

Supporters of President Donald Trump make their feelings known at a 'Latinos for Trump' event in Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in February. Recent polls show about one Latino voter in three supports Trump, about the same level of support he won in his 2016 run for president.

But while the polls showed some support for Trump, including growing support among young Latino men, they also reflect the fact that Latinos as a whole are still firmly in the Democrats’ camp. Read more»

A makeshift memorial in 2011 at the site where a migrant teen’s body was found in Arizona. Remains found in the desert through the first three quarters of this year have already exceeded all of 2019, and are at the highest rate since 2013, a new report says.

Remains of 181 migrants were found in the Arizona desert through the end of September, 37 more than in all of last year and the most since 2013, according to the group Humane Borders. Read more»

A federal court temporarily blocked a steep increase in fees for citizenship and asylum application and other fees set to take effect Friday. That’s good news for migrants, but poses a challenge for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which gets almost all of its budget from fees for services.

A federal judge late Tuesday blocked a steep increase in application fees set to take effect Friday for people seeking U.S. citizenship, an increase that advocates feared would have locked many immigrants out. Read more»

New citizens take the oath during a ceremony in Phoenix in January. Since then, citizenship ceremonies have been hit twice, first by COVID-19 shutdowns and then by cuts to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services budget.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been extremely limited in their ability to function this year due to COVID-19 and severe budget cuts. Read more»

Earthmoving equipment clears a path up Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in February. The Tohono O’odham say the site is environmentally sensitive and sacred to them.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema confronted the acting head of the DHS Wednesday over border wall construction she said has ignored the needs of local communities and bypassed environmental assessments. Read more»

This is not the first time the Trump administration’s census plans have been in court – this photo shows protesters in 2019 outside the Supreme Court, which struck down an administration plan to add a citizenship question to the census. Both sides believe the latest fight, over attempts to exclude undocumented migrants, could also land in the Supreme Court.

A federal court Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census, calling the order a clear violation of the law would cause lasting damage. Read more»

Kristin Urquiza films a video message. The Arizona native, whose father died June 30 of COVID-19, blames state and national leaders’ handling of the pandemic for the death, which she said she could have been prevented. She took the message to the Democratic National Convention Monday.

When Arizona native Kristin Urquiza wrote her dad’s obituary after his June 30 death from COVID-19, the Democratic National Convention was probably the furthest thing from her mind. Read more»

Two Army Corps of Engineers officers look down the U.S.-Mexico border near Lukeville. President Donald Trump said Thursday, during a visit to the wall in Yuma that the 300th mile of wall would be completed soon.

President Donald Trump was in Yuma Tuesday for the second time in as many months to inspect construction of the border wall that he said has “closed up the border,” reducing the flow of drugs and migrants. Read more»