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U.S. extends temporary protection status for Somali immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security has extended temporary protections for Somali migrants, allowing them to apply for Temporary Protected Status through March 2023, a help for the 972 Somali refugees who settled in Arizona between 2016 and 2021.... Read more»

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Pro-refugee resolution passes Arizona Senate after push from local activists

The Arizona Senate unanimously passed a pro-refugee resolution expressing gratitude for refugee contributions within the state. It’s waiting on a vote by the House.... Read more»

Trump administration reduces numbers, tightens criteria for refugees

White House officials announced late Thursday that the administration was proposing to cap the number of refugees admitted in the upcoming fiscal year to 18,000 people – with more than half those slots reserved for refugees from specific countries or in certain situations.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false claims about Rep. Ilhan Omar

President Donald Trump accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of professing a “love” for al Qaeda and talking about “how great” and “how wonderful” al Qaeda is. That is false.... Read more»

Tucson immigrants charged with hiding connection to Somali terror group

A Tucson couple was arrested Friday after being indicted on charges that they lied to U.S. immigration officials, including false statements about the husband's connection to a militant Somali group linked to Al-Qaeda. ... Read more»

Thousands of refugees came to Arizona in 2016, but fewer arrived last year

President Trump campaigned on a promise of putting America first by scaling back its foreign involvements and pledging to stem the tide of refugees from Syria and elsewhere to address terrorism.... Read more»

Trump gets partial win from Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can proceed, for now, with a limited version of its restrictions on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a ban that critics called at thinly veiled Muslim ban.... Read more»

9th Circuit refuses to revive Trump travel ban

President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback on Monday as a second federal appeals court refused to revive his travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority nations in a dispute headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»

Executive order: Complete text of Trump's new travel ban

The complete text of President Trump's new executive order: "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States."... Read more»

Trump signs revised travel ban order, leaves Iraq off

President Trump signed a revised executive order Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the U.S. but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. The new order keeps a 90-day ban on travel by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.... Read more»

Trump expected to order border wall work, temporary refugee ban

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include directing the construction of a border wall with Mexico, a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa.... Read more»

Az regularly among top states for number of resettled refugees

More than 15,400 refugees from 42 different countries were resettled in Arizona from fiscal 2012 through the just-ended fiscal 2016, according to the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. ... Read more»

Against the odds, Africans taking refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso. ... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word "war" was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

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