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Texas National Guard guidance discouraging soldiers from saving drowning migrants draws scrutiny

The recent death of a National Guard soldier who drowned trying to save migrants has led to increased scrutiny of the Texas Military Department’s policy discouraging service members assigned to Operation Lone Star from engaging in water rescues.... Read more»

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Brnovich: Ducey could send troops to border to defend Arizona from 'invasion' of cartels, smugglers

Arizona AG Brnovich says Gov. Ducey would be on solid constitutional ground if he invoked war powers and sent the Arizona National Guard to the U.S-Mexico border to stop what he says is an "invasion" of drug cartels and criminal gangs.... Read more»

Sinema, Kelly urge Ducey to send Nat'l Guard to Az hospitals stressed by COVID

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are pushing Gov. Doug Ducey to send the Arizona National Guard to hospitals facing staffing shortages because of the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. ... Read more»

Nativist Republicans call on Arizona Gov. Ducey to militarize border to stop 'invasion'

Ken Cuccinelli - a top Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration - spoke at the Arizona Capitol while flanked by several Republican state legislators to urge Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border. ... Read more»

Probe of Texas National Guard border mission demanded over suicide attempts, abysmal conditions and delayed pay

Thirteen Democratic Texas congressional delegation members called for an investigation into Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s highly touted border mission, following news reports of poor working and living conditions for troops, habitual pay problems, and suspected suicides.... Read more»

FactChecking claims about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was the culmination of months of false claims about election fraud, and on that day — and afterward — FactCheck debunked false, misleading and unfounded claims related to the events that day. Here is a summary of the coverage.... Read more»

Capitol police embraced reforms but chief says staffing shortage poses hurdle

One day ahead of the Jan. 6 anniversary, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger detailed in testimony before the Senate how his department has worked to prevent the communication pitfalls and internal deficiencies that failed to stop last year's violent attack. ... Read more»

Texas Gov. Abbott inaugurates 1st stretch of state-funded border barrier

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott inaugurated the first stretch of a border wall being built by the state in Starr County - using state money and crowdfunded private donations, mostly coming from one single donor: Timothy Mellon, the chair of Pan Am Systems.... Read more»

With too few nurses, it won’t take much to overwhelm hospitals this winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity and now they’re less prepared to manage an influx of patients this winter.... Read more»

Texas uses shipping containers to create 'steel wall' next to Eagle Pass border bridge

Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a video Wednesday of the state’s latest attempt to secure the Texas-Mexico border: about 20 shipping containers lined up along the riverbank next to the international bridge that connects Eagle Pass with Mexico. ... Read more»

U.S. and Mexico to take a more 'holistic' approach to public safety

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

Arizona opens new 'Cyber Command Center'

Arizona on Monday opened a new "Cyber Command Center" aimed at coordinating efforts between state, local and federal agencies to detect and respond to cyber threats.... Read more»

Public Integrity sues for South Dakota National Guard border deployment records

The Center for Public Integrity filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department and South Dakota National Guard seeking public release of records related to a decision by Gov. Kristi Noem to deploy the Guard to the Texas-Mexico border that raised issues about private funding of military actions and use of the military for political purposes.... Read more»

Arizona groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”... Read more»

Texas governor orders National Guard to help with migrant arrests at border

In a letter to the major general of the Texas National Guard, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said “more manpower is needed” at the border.... Read more»

Six months later, search for Capitol rioters continues

On the six-month anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, hundreds of rioters who attempted to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory still need to be found - and officials are ramping up security measures. ... Read more»

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