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These Afghans won the visa lottery two years ago — now they’re stuck in Kabul and out of luck

President Donald Trump’s ban on the visa lottery was ruled to be illegal, but the government says it can’t help hundreds of Afghans who won it for at least another year. ... Read more»

Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a meeting of a House Judiciary subcommittee with oversight on the U.S. courts to consider the excessive caseloads that plague judges across the United States, particularly in the Ninth Circuit. The hearing came three years after the Judicial Conference recommended to Congress that at least five new judgeships be created for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.... Read more»

Bannon associates plead not guilty to border wall charity scam

Pleading not guilty Monday at a virtual arraignment, three leaders of the embattled charity We Build the Wall followed the lead of fellow defendant Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.... Read more»

Federal judge issues partial block of Trump administration's third-country asylum rule

A federal judge ruled last week that asylum seekers who presented themselves at ports of entry before mid-July won’t be affected by the Trump administration’s ban on people who didn't seek asylum in another country before arriving in the United States.... Read more»

Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

Az federal courts still face ‘dire’ situation

Federal courts in Arizona are still in “dire circumstances” as an emergency declaration that was supposed to help judges keep pace with a crushing caseload is set to expire.... Read more»