Government

With ICE sweeps looming, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - Immigration rhetoric heated up on Capitol Hill, with.deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families held in what critics call "deplorable" conditions at the border sparking outrage from both sides of the aisle.

Advocates: High court’s ruling in death-row case could affect 19 others

WASHINGTON - There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in botched Phoenix-area burglaries in 1991, buit should he be put to death for it? When the Supreme Court takes up that quesiton this fall, it could also be deciding the fate of 19 other Arizona death-row inmates.

Trump vows Census will ask citizenship; critics decry ‘scare tactics’

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump vowed that his administration is "absolutely moving forward" with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so, a reversal advocates dismissed as a "scare tactic" by the president.

Phoenix to look into new system to track, measure police conduct

PHOENIX – Phoenix will take steps to collect and analyze data on police performance, the City Council decided Tuesday. It also is considering a poll to measure community attitudes toward police and a civilian oversight board.

Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

WASHINGTON – Congress gave a final OK, and the president is expected to sign, a border funding bill that does not include many migrant protections the House wanted - but it does send $4.59 billion to border agencies that said they could run out of funds to handle the surge of migrants at the border.

Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in court if it wants to include the question that critics say will suppress minority participation.