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Court ruling on Cuccinelli reverses – for now – limits on asylum claims

WASHINGTON - Soon after being named acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli sharply reduced the amount of time migrants have to make their case for asylum. One problem - Cuccinelli was not legally the acting director, a court ruled, voiding the policy in the process.


Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Phoenix double-murderer

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for Phoenix double-murderer James McKinney, rejecting his argument that he should have been sentenced by a jury and not by the Arizona Supreme Court.


Supreme Court says ‘public charge’ rule can take effect – for now

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can enforce its proposed new "public charge" rule that will require immigrants show they will not need public assistance before they can gain admission to the U.S.


Census studied citizenship question even after losing in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Even as it was losing the fight last summer to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the bureau was running tests it says show the question would not have hurt response rates.The findings will not affect the 2020 Census, but advocates call it an unwelcome distraction.


Justices seem skeptical of death-row inmate’s claim for new hearing

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Wednesday of the notion that Arizona double-murderer James Erin McKinney should get a new sentencing hearing, asking if that would not be a "windfall" for McKinney at the expense of his victims' families.


Supreme Court to hear appeal of double-murderer on Arizona’s death row

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked Wednesday to consider whether a jury should hear double-murderer James McKinney's argument that trauma from a "horrific" childhood must be considered when weighing the death penalty. The ruling could affect as many as 19 others on death row.


Supreme Court rejects Brnovich attempt to fast-track opioids lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Arizona's attempt to fast-track a case against the owners of Purdue Pharma in an effort to protect assets of the company for victims of the opioid crisis.


Death row sentence overturned after lawyers ‘dropped the ball’ in case

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court overturned an Arizona death row inmate's conviction for the 1994 sexual assault and murder of a 4-year-old Tucson girl, saying attorneys in his case "dropped the ball" by failing to challenge the state's evidence.


DHS to send migrants from Tucson to El Paso, to be sent back to Mexico

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said it will bus asylum seekers from Tucson to El Paso, Texas, where they will be sent back to Mexico to await a decision on their claims under the Trump administration's Migration Protection Protocols.


Lawmakers spar over Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ rule for asylum seekers

WASHINGTON - House members sparred Tuesday over the Trump administration's so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers, with Democrats calling it unsafe and "abhorrent" and Republicans saying it has helped reduce a massive backlog in immigration courts.


Justices concede likely impact of DACA ruling, still question program

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court grappled with the push to end the DACA program, with some justices suggesting that the Trump administration's justification did not take into account its full impact and others agreeing that the government had provided more than enough reasons for its decision.


Border-state voters poll shows dim view of border policy, Border Patrol

WASHINGTON - Just over half of voters in southern border states disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling border and immigration issues, and no more than 40% of those polled had a "great deal/a lot" of trust in the way Border Patrol officials are doing their jobs.

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