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Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Founder Richard Mack speaks to a crowd of about 100 people at a Yavapai County Preparedness Team meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona, in October 2022.

A rule change set to take effect in December will lower the barrier for extremist organizations to access law enforcement personnel by taking continuing-education decisions out of the board’s hands and placing them in those of individual law enforcement agency leaders across Arizona. Read more»

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes speaks at a local Oath Keepers event on Sept. 9, 2022. Earlier in the meeting, Lions of Liberty board member Brian Mounsey, back, called for volunteers to help with a proposed dropbox monitoring operation in Yavapai County, Ariz.

Election and domestic extremism experts warn that so-called Arizona “constitutional sheriff” groups are compounding problems created by disinformation campaigns and undermining public confidence in elections and law enforcement. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was a speaker at a 2019 CSPOA event and openly supports the nullification of certain laws or mandates.

AZCIR used criteria established by the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify Arizona “constitutional sheriffs” - a movement built around a radical ideology that the sheriff’s power within his or her county is superseded by no state or federal government entity. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb addresses a crowd at former-President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022. Lamb is the leader of the ‘constitutional sheriff' organization Protect America Now, which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently labeled an 'anti-government' group.

More than half of Arizona’s county sheriffs are at least partially aligned with a growing movement of so-called “constitutional sheriffs,” with an ideology that indoctrinates them with false legal theories about a sheriff’s authority over state and federal government. Read more»

Geographically, the commission reported targeted assets in 20 states and two other countries, including on army bases in Germany and Japan.

There are some 1,112 Department of Defense assets identified in the Naming Commission’s final report to Congress last week targeted for rebranding or renaming because they memorialize people or events tied to the Confederacy. Read more»

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott.

A newly released report by the Southern Poverty Law Center details extremism in 2021 — and how elected officials like U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar helped white nationalists and hate groups move their views into the mainstream. Read more»

The Republican-controlled House passed a measure Thursday that would ban sexually explicit materials in K-12 classrooms across the state. Read more»

Pedestrians line up to cross the U.S. border checkpoint in Calexico, California, in this file photo. The Build Back Better plan includes $100 billion for immigration reform, including expanded access to visas and DACA-like protection for up to 7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., but not the pathway to citizenship advocates had pushed for.

Buried in the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Plan is $100 billion for immigration reform, money that critics say has no business being in the bill and that migration advocates say does not go nearly far enough. Read more»

The concertina or 'razor' wire installed in Nogales, Arizona in Feb. 2019.

Legal nonprofit Al Otro Lado and 13 immigrants turned back from making asylum claims at ports of entry along the U.S.–Mexico border proved the "metering" policy violates rights enshrined in the Administrative Procedure Act and Constitution, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Read more»

Migrants, including asylum seekers returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's 'Remain in Mexico' policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, wait for breakfast at the Kino Border Initiative's comedor in Nogales, Sonora, in January.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the Trump administration could continue the so-called "Migrant Protection Protocols" and return asylum-seekers to Mexico while the legal fight over the policy winds through the court system. Read more»

A woman waits with her daughter at the Instituto Nacional de Migración office in Nogales, Sonora after she was sent back to wait for her asylum case to move forward as part of the Trump administration's 'Migrant Protection Policy.

The 9th Circuit again rejected the Trump administration's attempt to push asylum-seekers back to Mexico via a pair of programs that have been challenged by advocates. Judges denied the government's request to stay injunctions that block enforcement of the policies. Read more»

A woman waits with her daughter at the Instituto Nacional de Migración office in Nogales, Sonora after she was sent back to wait for her asylum case to move forward as part of the Trump administration's 'Migrant Protection Policy.

The 9th Circuit halted the Migrant Protection Protocols and blocked an "absurd" rule that would bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from receiving asylum, handing the Trump administration a pair of defeats Friday. Read more» 2

Rep. Raul Grijalva, backed by other House Democrats, renewed calls for the Pentagon to investigate the legality of the deployment of National Guard and active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border. Read more»

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors pour foundations for new sections of border fence near Otay Mesa, Calif., in March. The Supreme Court recently reversed a court ruling that had blocked use of Pentagon funds on some border projects.

Immigration advocates are vowing to continue to fight the use of Defense Department funds for construction of a border wall, after the Supreme Court late Friday lifted an injunction on the funds transfer. Read more»

People wait at the Morley pedestrian entrance in Nogales, Son., to enter the United States.

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. Read more»

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