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As Title 42 winds down, DHS unveils 'plan' to manage migrant influx at U.S.-Mexico border

While Title 42 remains in place, Homeland Security officials are preparing for its eventual end, describing how U.S. border authorities will deal with a potential increase in the number of people crossing the Mexican border once the Trump-era restriction is lifted.... Read more»

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Arizona churches couldn’t be closed down in future pandemics under bill on Ducey’s desk

Religious organizations would be granted wide berth to remain open during health crises if a bill sent Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey is signed into law.... Read more»

Muslim men grilled by U.S. customs agents about their faith sue feds

Muslim United States citizens are suing the federal government - with claims including violations of the First and Fifth Amendments and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - and accusing CBP officials of religious discrimination, a practice they say goes back to at least 2011.... Read more»

Republican-backed measure to restrict filming of police officers passes Arizona Senate committee

Legislation which would make it illegal to film police officers within eight feet of them is closer to becoming Arizona law, despite concerns that it could hinder efforts to document misconduct.... Read more»

CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Feds probe after Haitian migrant dies from pneumonia, COVID days after being taken into BP custody

A migrant died from respiratory distress caused by pneumonia and COVID-19 at the Yuma Regional Medical Center several days after he was taken into custody by a Border Patrol agent. Federal officials are investigating his treatment. ... Read more»

Permanent election 'audit' could be staffed by Cyber Ninjas under Az Senate bill

An Arizona Senate committee voted Thursday to advance an election reform bill that would create a permanent election audit team under the under the auditor general's office, which currently does not field an elections audit team.... Read more»

Az Senate panel rejects bill to ban medical care for trans youth

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted down a controversial proposal that would have made it illegal for doctors to provide minors with puberty blockers, hormone therapy and gender affirmation surgeries for trans kids in Arizona. ... Read more»

GOP pushes to have Az teachers post lessons online over 'critical race theory' fears

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of "critical race theory," Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.... Read more»

Here's how abortion access would change if Supreme Court erodes Roe

As the nation awaits a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could significantly erode abortion rights, state laws on the issue have taken on a whole new meaning - soon, more than at any time in nearly half a century, obtaining an abortion will depend on where you live. ... Read more»

Republicans seek to criminalize and outlaw gender-affirming care for trans kids

A proposal from Sen. Wendy Rogers — who has a history of introducing anti-trans legislation — would send doctors who provide gender-affirming care to children under the age of 15 to prison for at least 17 years. ... Read more»

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of the term, according to Wednesday morning reporting from NBC. ... Read more»

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, election officials across the country have faced threats and harassment, but attempts to include them as a protected category under harassment statutes - raising charges from a misdemeanor to a felony - have has run into opposition.... Read more»

Arizona bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

Sen. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer, is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred - though Arizona already has privacy exemptions to the public record law. ... Read more»

Ex-cop lawmaker wants to restrict recording videos of Arizona cops

Videos like those that captured police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would be illegal in Arizona under a new law proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh - a bill similar to one proposed by the retired police officer in 2016.... Read more»

Ex-inmates would face less food insecurity under Az GOP proposal to ease SNAP restrictions

Arizona Republican Rep. Walt Blackman is backing legislation that would expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for recently released felons by requiring only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for food assistance.... Read more»

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