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The Arizona case is being watched across the country, since the Supreme Court’s decision could make it harder for advocates to challenge voting restrictions that are currently being pushed in many state legislatures.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told the Supreme Court Tuesday that voting laws already struck down are really no more than “common-sense and commonplace” voting protections. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has said the laws “have a discriminatory impact on American Indian, Hispanic and African American voters in Arizona”. The high court’s ruling in the case will affect enforcement of a section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits race-based restrictions on voting. Read more»

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met Monday with Republican senators who presented a $618 billion alternative to the president’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. But Democrats are backing Biden’s larger bill, which includes money for local governments and a $15 federal minimum wage, among other changes.

Six Arizona mayors were among hundreds who urged Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill that includes $350 billion in aid for state and local governments. Read more»

Detainees are silhouetted against windows of the Eloy Detention Center in this November 2018 photo. Eloy is one of the privately run prisons in Arizona that hold immigrant detainees under a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. President Joe Biden this week ordered that the Justice Department phase out contracts with privately run prisons, but the order does not affect ICE contracts.

President Joe Biden’s order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could eventually affect thousands of inmates, but the order does not affect Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts with companies that hold immigrants awaiting hearings or deportation. Read more»

Trucks from Nogales, Mexico, line up at the Mariposa Cargo Facility in this 2019 photo, waiting to pass in to Nogales, Arizona. Despite some tense times under the Trump administration, trade between Arizona and Mexico has been relatively stable for the past four years.

President Donald Trump entered office pledging to blow up trade deals, and he later imposed tariffs on trading partners around the world – but the biggest threat to Arizona-Mexico trade over the past four years appears to have been COVID-19. Read more»

Border Patrol agents intercept immigrants near Eagle Pass, Texas, in this photo from August 2019 – the end of one of the busiest years for border apprehensions, with more than 977,000. Since then, apprehensions have fallen by half, a drop many experts to impacts from COVID-19.

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border fell sharply in fiscal 2020, a drop analysts attribute in large part fears of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic havoc left in its wake. 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»

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor takes notes during work on the border wall near Yuma last month. The bulk of the $15 billion budgeted for the border wall to date has come from the Defense Department.

President Donald Trump is set to visit Yuma Tuesday to celebrate the completion of 216 miles of border wall, well shy of the 450 miles he has pledged to have built by the end of this year. Read more»

The Supreme Court rejected Arizona’s bid to challenge what it says is California’s practice of unfairly assessing taxes on thousands of out-of-state businesses for “doing business” in the state, even though they may only own a stake in a company operating in California.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Arizona’s challenge to California’s “extraordinarily aggressive” application of a tax against thousands of out-of-state companies, including as many as 13,000 in Arizona. Read more»

Army Corps of Engineers contractors pour foundations for new sections of border fence near Otay Mesa, California, in March 2019. The Department of Homeland Security said it will waive contracting and other regulations along the southern brder to speed wall construction.

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall Tuesday, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona. Read more»

Trucks line up on the Mexico site of the border to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry near Nogales in this 2011 file photo. Trade with Mexico is one of the reasons Arizona officials welcomed the signing of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Arizona businesses and elected officials hailed Wednesday’s signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that they say preserves markets worth more than $20 billion in trade and 228,000 jobs in the state in 2018. Read more» 1

A section of the border fence along the Rio Grande in South Texas was built under George W. Bush's administration.

In Laredo, border landowners are receiving letters from the federal government, requesting permission to enter their land for surveying. "Hell no, we're not signing anything," one recipient said. Read more» 1

President Donald Trump looked on last year as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, one of two high court justices named by Trump, who has had judges confirmed at a record pace.

President Trump boasted about the record 158 federal judges confirmed under his watch, with dozens more to come as he works to remake the courts — such as Pima County Judge John Hinderaker, nominated Wednesday to the federal bench. Read more»

Congressional Democrats hope to broker a deal with Republicans that would grant legal status to farmworkers currently in the country illegally but would require employers to verify the immigration status of all future hires. Read more»

An Army Corps of Engineers unit installs a section of border barrier near Yuma this month. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the border in February that he has used to shift $3.6 billion in military funds toward the border wall.

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines this week as Congress voted again to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, which he has cited to justify use of Pentagon funds for border construction. Read more»

President Donald Trump said the threat of in impeachment inquiry was just another 'witch hunt' of his administration by Democrats, but he did agree to release transcripts of a phone call with the Ukrainian president that has come under fire.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would open a formal impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump, but her announcement did not appear to change any minds in the Arizona delegation. Read more»

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