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Immigration advocates have lobbied Democrats for weeks to pass a last-effort piece of legislation to give DACA recipients a permanent pathway to citizenship.

A decision on the legality of DACA - when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court - is not expected to be issued until 2024, and while Congress appears unlikely to take action, participants in the program are left uncertain if they will be protected from deportation. Read more»

The court did not provide a deadline for the government’s input so it is not clear when the justices will make a decision on if they will hear the challenges.

The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a legal battle between conservative states and social media companies over content moderation laws that sprang up after former President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter and suspension from Facebook. Read more»

Monday marked the first time the justices read their opinions from the bench in over two years. However, Justices Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito were absent for unknown reasons.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the one-year application window for disabled veterans to receive benefits retroactive to their discharge date cannot be extended. Read more»

While the official investigation has come to a close, the court says it will still pursue any new leads on the leak if additional information comes to light.

The Supreme Court reported that it has been unable to identify a culprit behind the biggest leak in its history, a draft of the landmark ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Read more»

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete. Read more»

Under the proposed rule, undergraduate borrowers would only be required to pay 5% of their income toward their loans.

The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers - but it is unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Read more»

The Supreme Court held a special sitting on September 30, 2022, for the formal investiture ceremony of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. From left to right are Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas; Chief Justice John G. Roberts; and Associate Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Brett Kavanaugh.

Released hours before the new year, the Supreme Court year-end report reminisces about a much older decision: Brown v. Board of Education - a decision used by Chief Justice John Roberts o convey a plea to uphold the court’s rulings.  Read more»

Little information is available so far on the government's probes, and U.S. Inspector General Michael Horowitz pointed recently to 'strengthening public trust' in the department as one of Garland’s biggest challenges this year.

Two years nearly to the day that they and colleagues ran for cover from an armed mob who stormed the seat of the U.S. government, Republicans will take the majority of a chamber on Tuesday. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

Title 42’s demise began when a federal judge struck down the policy at the request of immigration advocates. When the Biden administration revealed its intention to comply with the ruling, 19 Republican states -led by Arizona - intervened.

In a split decision, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a fight over the conclusion of Title 42 - and while the Biden administration’s immigration policy hangs in the balance, the court agreed only to decide if the 19 states have a basis to intervene in the case.  Read more»

The Supreme Court weighed in after a federal judge previously ordered the Biden administration to end the use of Title 42 to expel immigrants.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Biden administration has to continue with an emergency health order the federal government has used for more than two years to quickly turn away migrants, including those seeking asylum, at the southwest border. Read more»

A young girl sits on her dad's shoulders during a protest against Title 42 in Nogales, Sonora, in March 2022.

The Biden administration urged the Supreme Court not to stand in the way as it finally retires a policy of limiting immigration on the grounds of public health after Chief Justice John Roberts stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program to expire on Wednesday.  Read more»

Earlier this month, a New York state jury found Trump’s real estate company from which he accumulated much of his business growth guilty on 17 counts of tax fraud after six weeks of trial. 

After an hours-long, closed-door meeting, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to release to the public former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, which he has fought to shield for more than three years. Read more»

In Nogales, Sonora hundreds of families, including children have waited in Mexico for months, even nearly a year, to seek asylum in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue, staying a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program to expire on Wednesday.  Read more»

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