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Arizonans can move driver’s license to their phones – but not much more

State and federal officials were excited this week to roll out the first-in-the-nation program that lets Arizona residents add their driver’s license to Apple Wallet - but the only thing it allows is passing through TSA PreCheck at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by just scanning a phone. ... Read more»

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Expired driver’s licenses open lane for cybercriminals

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, many states issued emergency declarations allowing driver’s licenses to remain valid past expiration dates, but those extensions mostly have ended and scammers are exploiting the need to make sure licenses are renewed.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2019

For much of 2019, the borderlands endured the fallout from decisions made years earlier, as the Trump administration pursued the Migrant Protection Protocols, attempted—and failed—to prosecute a humanitarian volunteer for harboring two men in the country illegally, and continued to pursue the president's quixotic promise to build a wall along the southwestern border. ... Read more»

Interior Dep't transferring 560 acres of public land to U.S. Army for border barriers

The Interior Department announced it will transfer 560 acres of public land to the U.S. Army, including nearly 230 acres along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, for the construction of 70 miles of border wall. ... Read more»

Investigation: Border wall construction threatens 22 Arizona archaeological sites

The construction of the border wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will threaten 22 archaeological sites, according to an internal National Park Service report. ... Read more»2

Pentagon shifts $3.6B to border barriers, delaying $30M Ft. Huachuca project

The Trump administration will siphon $3.6 billion slated for military construction and spend it on 11 border wall projects — including about $1.3 billion for projects in Southern Arizona that will add miles of new barriers along the Goldwater bombing range and the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge.... Read more»

Photos: New border wall going up in Arizona's Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument

Contractors put up the first 30-foot panels of a new border wall on a two-mile stretch of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, the first of three projects that will add "bollard" walls along Southern Arizona's wildlife refuges.... Read more»

Border wall work started this week in Az's Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument

Contractors began replacing border fencing along a two-mile stretch of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, the first of three projects that will add 30-foot high "bollard" walls along three of Southern Arizona's wildlife refuges. ... Read more»

CBP to start building border barriers in Arizona wildlife refuges next week

The Trump administration is forging ahead with new border barriers in wildlife refuges in Southern Arizona despite environmentalists' objections, telling a court that one project will begin Monday with the removal of older fencing.... Read more»1

Enviros seek to block border wall construction affecting 3 Arizona wildlife refuges

Environmental groups asked for an injunction to block new 30-foot high border barriers in three federal protected wildlife refuges in Southern Arizona, including a project across the state's "last free-flowing river," and another that would sever a binational wildlife refuge. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Imagine: Today a wall, tomorrow dragons required to protect America from Latino 'invasion'

There are 25,772,342 reasons why nothing — not even a "big, beautiful" wall — will ever be enough for the borderphobes. It's time for backers of a path to citizenship to stop being scared of being called "soft on the border."... Read more»

Passage prevented: How Trump’s border wall will harm Arizona wildlife

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a "big beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America.... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Bill to create REAL ID-compliant licenses gets another shot

A proposal to allow Arizonans to pay $15 for driver’s licenses that meet federal REAL ID requirements is getting another chance at the state Legislature, the bill’s sponsor said Tuesday.... Read more»

Ducey: Az leaders will solve conflict between driver's licenses, REAL ID law

Unless something changes, come next year Arizonans will have to present a passport to catch flights and enter secure federal buildings. That’s because Arizona driver’s licenses don’t comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005.... Read more»

Bill would create REAL ID-compliant licenses – if Arizonans pay for them

A state lawmaker wants to allow Arizonans to get licenses that comply with the act – provided they pay for them. ... Read more»7

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