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Community members gathered at Mt. Lemmon's Mary Undoer of Knots Shrine on June 10 to welcome Ukrainian refugees to Tucson.

The United States has taken in more than 100,000 Ukrainians, but things were messy for local volunteers early on. Without a clear roadmap, Tucson residents organized and figured out how to start assisting the incoming refugees and their sponsors. Read more»

People cross into neighboring Moldova, fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, March 1, 2022.

If you doubt that the U.S. beacon of light needs a fresh bulb, ask any Ukrainian seeking safety from Putin’s tyranny. The immigrant family stares blankly at a wall. A nightmare stands before them. Read more»

Senior Airman Joseph Bittle loads ammunition, weapons and other equipment at Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 27, part of the $5.4 billion in assistance the U.S. has committed to Ukraine.

The Biden administration is asking Congress to provide $10 billion in assistance to Ukraine and $22.5 billion in COVID-19 funding on a fast timeline — within the next week. Read more»

A family at the Kino Border Initiative on July 28 in Nogales, Sonora.

Eight states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, seeking to stop the administration's use of the Central American Minor Program that allows migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to petition the government to have their children resettled with them. Read more»

Some nursing programs had to turn away students because of a shortage of faculty and clinical sites.

Hospitals across the U.S. are looking abroad to ease a shortage of nurses, worsened by the pandemic - the demand is so great that it’s created a backlog of health care professionals awaiting visa clearance with more than 5,000 international nurses awaiting final approval. Read more»

Rep. Lauren Boebert, of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, then a candidate, speaks to supporters and the press during a MAGA meet-up with the Trump Victory Team at the Old Mesa County Courthouse in Grand Junction, Oct. 8, 2020.

The U.S. House following a vitriolic debate passed a bill along party lines Tuesday night to create a State Department office that would counter Islamophobia worldwide. Democrats said a conflict much closer to home showed the need to confront anti-Muslim bigotry. Read more»

A U.S. Marine checks in evacuees before their flight from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate thousands of U.S. contractors and civilians in advance of the Taliban takeover.

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months. Read more»

Sgt. Margret Poit with 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, interacts with Afghan children at Fort Bliss’s Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico on Sept. 11.

The sites housing foreign nationals at Fort Bliss look similar - both a maze of white tents plopped onto dusty desert terrain - but while members of the media were able to explore the site housing Afghan nationals, the same cannot be said for the tent city for detained migrant children. Read more»

Soldiers from Turkey and the United Kingdom hoist a child to U.S. Marines during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate people in the face of the Taliban retaking control of the country.

A lacerating report this week was the 11th in a clear-eyed series that revealed the US failure to reconstruct Afghanistan over two decades - so why didn’t anyone heed the inspector general’s warnings? Read more»

Rodrigo Cardona of Ciudad Juárez was awarded a scholarship to Texas Tech to study music, but struggled to obtain the necessary student visa because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the first day of classes neared, violinist Rodrigo Cardona Cabrera was filled with anticipation. After years of hard work, the 19-year-old Juárez native earned a scholarship to study music at Texas Tech. But his dream of studying music abroad nearly came crashing down when the U.S. consulate was shuttered because of COVID-19. Read more»

Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely. Read more»

Arizonans traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are subject to a 14-day quarantine as those states try to stem the spread of COVID-19 from “hot spots” states. In this file photo from March, international travelers wait to pass through customs at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

Arizonans will face a 14-day quarantine if they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, whose governors announced the restriction Wednesday to keep people from COVID-19 “hot spots” from bringing the infection with them. Read more»

Migrants walk across an international bridge from the United States into Mexico. They requested asylum in the United States but were returned to Mexico to await their court proceedings.

The State Department has issued warnings advising against travel to Mexican border states and the president has considered labeling cartels as terrorist organizations. But Trump officials continue to downplay the violence in cities where "remain in Mexico" is in place. Read more»

McCain Institute Executive Director Kurt Volker at an event in Ukraine earlier this month. Volker was U.S. special envoy to Ukraine until last week, when he resigned after a whistleblower raised concerns about the White House’s dealings with that country.

Kurt Volker is still serving as executive director of ASU's McCain Institute, after resigning as U.S. special envoy for Ukraine when his name surfaced last week in a whistleblower’s report on President Trump’s dealings with that country. Read more»

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill." Read more»

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