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After scrambling to resettle nearly 1,900 Afghans, Arizona agencies await more

Refugee resettlement groups in Arizona found homes for almost 1,900 Afghan refugees from the fall of Kabul in August through February, and DES and its partners are prepared to take any Afghans who will be resettling in Arizona, even though they do not know how many to expect.... Read more»

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Goldman: Ukraine refugees prompt question: Who is a 'deserving migrant'?

You cannot pick or choose which immigrant or migrant is more deserving. Every immigrant deserves a fair process and an opportunity to be heard. If you support displaced Ukrainians, you should be supporting a system that provides this opportunity for any immigrant. ... Read more»

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Kozachik: U.S. dedication to 'protocols' is risking lives of Afghan refugees

"I do not for a moment believe we are bound by our 'protocols' and have to simply force people to file the usual paperwork, pay the fees and sit in line. That mentality is killing people." — Councilman Steve Kozachik ... Read more»

Pima County libraries accepting donations for Afghan refugees

The Pima County Public Library's "Welcome to America" team is partnering with the groupsTucson Afghan Community and the International Rescue Committee to collect items for Afghan refugees making Tucson their new home. ... Read more»

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»

TucsonSentinel.com looks back at 2021

Tucson rang in 2021 much as we left the previous year, but with a few new twists: an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in the grip of a pandemic that has become a political issue, more immigration and asylum issues, a growing climate crisis. ... Read more»

Vets & Gold Star familes get free access to nat'l parks with new law named after late Grijalva staffer

The Alexander Lofgren Veterans in the Parks Act was named after Alexander Lofgren, an Afghanistan veteran who was working for U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva when he died in a hiking accident, and became law on Monday after President Joe Biden signed it into law with the National Defense Authorization Act. ... Read more»

FactCheck: The whoppers of 2021

Fact checkers spent much of 2021 addressing vaccine misinformation, baseless election claims - and of course, numerous claims made by, and about, the new Biden administration - so here are the top stories at the forefront of the discussion.... Read more»

The veterans will tell their stories—shaping the narrative of the forever wars

The veterans will tell their stories: the individual, poignant bits that help people to understand and to care. They already tell the tales, stories with beginnings, middles, and endings, stories that will need to be sorted into something we can bear, that will help us heal. Stories told to friends’ parents, and to their own. To lovers, bosses, and acquaintances.... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In nearly two decades of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them.... Read more»3

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Veterans Day: How crosses and mementos help these Marines remember fallen comrades

On Veterans Day, people across America will thank veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service - but many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military.... Read more»

'Living in the hell': Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona

For more than a decade, Zabi had tried to leave his native Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military - and two weeks ago, Zabi and his fiance touched down in Tucson, where they will make their new home.... Read more»

Kozachik partners with Habitat for Humanity to aid Afghan refugees

City Councilman Steve Kozachik's Ward 6 office and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to manage furniture donations for Afghan refugees, after the office was overwhelmed by items earlier this fall. ... Read more»

'The enemy is lurking in our bodies' - women veterans say toxic exposure caused breast cancer

Numbers for breast cancer in military women have been high for years, but as veterans returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rumors began to swirl: The cancers are hitting young—and they’re extraordinarily aggressive.... Read more»

Will the U.S. officially acknowledge that we had a secret torture site in Poland?

Beginning with an investigation in Poland five years ago into his detention and torture, Abu Zubaydah - who has never been charged with a crime and is one of the longest-held prisoners in the U.S. global war on terror - is finally getting a day in court. Sort of. ... Read more»

Afghans steered to states with 'help wanted' signs, pro-immigrant bent

While a handful of state leaders have raised objections, most states are welcoming families fleeing Afghanistan, and those attitudes are influencing where the U.S. government, working with local nonprofits, resettles the 95,000 Afghan evacuees expected this year and next. ... Read more»

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