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After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

President-elect Joe Biden has said that when he enters office next month, he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 from the current cap of 15,000.... Read more»0

Immigration advocates hail order reinstating DACA; DHS promises appeal

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»0

Mark Kelly takes oath, casts first vote as Arizona’s newest senator

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»0

Mayors again call for statewide mask mandate as Arizona COVID-19 cases surge

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»0

Trump support among Latinos steady; still trails Democrats by far

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»0

Migrant deaths in Arizona deserts reach 7-year high

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»0

Judge halts fee hike that would have nearly doubled cost of citizenship

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»0

USCIS scrambles to resume naturalizations after COVID-19, budget cuts

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»0

Sinema pushes Wolf on damage from border wall; Wolf cites security

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»0

Court halts Trump plan to exclude undocumented migrants from census

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»0

Arizonans share health care struggles in Democratic convention speeches

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»0

Trump visits border for second time since June; Democrats blast visit

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»0