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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Nogales, Ariz., in March.

As Title 42 ends, the Biden administration announced a rule Wednesday that drastically restricts asylum claims by migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, prompting sharp criticism from immigration advocates and civil rights groups. Read more»

Ariz. Gov. Katie Hobbs during a press conference at the Casa Alitas Drexel Center.

With Title 42 ending, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs laid out new steps to manage the influx of people coming across the U.S.-Mexico border this week, including bus routes and $7 million for municipalities. The Biden administration announced new restrictions on asylum applications. Read more»

Dozens of states that have recently adopted or introduced laws or policies that take aim at critical race theory, and anti-CRT efforts to restrict how race is taught have clashed with initiatives to teach Native American history more accurately and fully. Read more»

Hundreds of Tucsonans gathered at El Presidio Park and marched through Downtown Tucson on Friday as part of a nationwide Transgender Day of Visibility.

Hundreds of Tucsonans gathered at El Presidio Plaza in front of City Hall and marched through Downtown Tucson on Friday as part of a nationwide Transgender Day of Visibility. Read more»

Though none spoke up at the Energy and Commerce hearing, some progressive Democrats and outside groups have expressed uneasiness with a government ban of a private service.

A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

After an eight-year hiatus, Arizona executed three inmates by lethal injection in 2022. The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday set an April 6 execution date for convicted murderer Aaron Gunches.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the execution of death-row inmate Aaron Gunches, even though state officials were moving to reverse the death warrant that had been put in motion by former Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Read more»

Drag performer Barbra Seville

"I’m bothered by the constant ‘othering’ of people in my community. Frankly, they’re looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist," said performer Barbra Seville of Arizona GOP efforts to criminalize drag shows. Read more»

There are some exceptions to the new proposal. Migrants can still seek asylum if they or a family member is facing a medical emergency, imminent threat to their life or safety, or were a 'victim of a severe form of trafficking.'

The Biden administration announced a proposal that would bar foreigners who attempt to illegally cross into the country along the U.S.-Mexico border from later seeking asylum - a proposal decried by immigrant rights groups as "Trump's asylum ban under a different name." Read more»

Tents are lined up in rows in 12-by-12 squares painted on the cracking asphalt ground roughly between Eighth and Ninth avenues from Madison to Jefferson streets in Phoenix on July 1, 2020.

Arizona lawmakers were told that a proposal to force cities to remove all homeless encampments and charge everyone living in them with trespassing was likely unconstitutional, but they nonetheless gave the measure a thumbs up. Read more»

For years, leading U.S. medical organizations have been outspoken in affirming the need for transgender-related health care.

Republican lawmakers in more than half the states are continuing a party-line push to restrict doctors and other medical providers from offering some gender-affirming health care to minors, even with parents’ consent. Read more»

A man holds up a sign questioning if religious uniforms fall under the same definition as the clothing drag performers wear in Phoenix during a protest of anti-drag bills on Jan. 22, 2023. The definitions included in the bills, which seek to target drag performers who often use clothing perceived as belonging to the opposite sex, have been criticized as being too broad.

Concerns that a proposal seeking to restrict drag shows could lead to the criminalization of transgender Arizonans were ignored by Republican lawmakers on Thursday, who defended their approval of the bill by equating drag with pedophilia and calling it “evil” that must be stamped out. Read more»

The ACLU says the federal government has gone after individuals for misuse of ARPA funds, including criminally charging more than 1,000. But it says the federal government hasn’t exercised the same kind of scrutiny with state and local governments.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Treasury Department to take a harder line on states and local governments using federal American Rescue Plan Act money to build and expand correctional facilities. Read more»

A protester holds a sign in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020. A bill proposed in the state legislature could put a damper on residential protests in the future.

A Republican bill aimed at stopping protests outside of Arizona residential properties has some First Amendment advocates worried, but lawmakers say it is needed in the currently heated political environment.  Read more»

A bag of legitimate and counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills. During a two-month period in 2021, the Drug Enforcement Agency in Phoenix seized over 3 million fentanyl pills and 45 kilograms of fentanyl powder, and made 40 arrests. 

A bill that would establish manufacturing fentanyl around a minor younger than 12 as a dangerous crime, and, according to some, would decrease the amount in a person’s possession that could land them a charge for intent to sell, passed its first hurdle to become Arizona law. Read more»

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