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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.

Pension Trap

Lawyers leery of ICE’s move to schedule court dates for DACA recipients

WASHINGTON - Lawyers in Arizona and southern Nevada are alarmed after receiving notices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to set new court dates for their clients who are currently protected from deportation by DACA.

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Democrats roast CIS head over plan to end ‘medical deferred action’

WASHINGTON - The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services insisted to a House panel that there are no new plans to end "medical deferred action," but Democrats called the administration "cruel" for considering the notion in the first place.


Justice Department pressing ahead with plan to collect immigrants’ DNA

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is moving forward with plans to collect DNA samples from immigration detainees, including those without criminal offenses, raising alarms among both privacy and immigration advocates.


CBP: Close to 1 million apprehended at southern border in fiscal 2019

WASHINGTON - Border officers apprehended nearly 1 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal 2019, an 88 percent increase over the previous year, according to Customs and Border Protection numbers released Tuesday.


Supreme Court will not hear Maricopa County appeal of Arpaio ruling

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday let stand lower court rulings that said Maricopa County is responsible for controversial policing practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.


Volker steps down from State Department role, stays at McCain Institute

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


Both sides now: Arizonans rally to stake out opposing border positions

WASHINGTON - Arizonans on opposite sides of the immigration debate were in Washington Wednesday where they rallied on opposite sides of the Capitol in hopes of making their respective cases to Congress.


Pelosi backs impeachment inquiry, Arizona delegation members not swayed

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would open a formal impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump, but her announcement did not appear to change any minds in the Arizona delegation.


Migrant families sue over ‘extraordinary harms’ of family separation

WASHINGTON - Five asylum-seeking families have sued the government for the "substantial and ongoing trauma" they say they suffered after being separated from one another when they crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona last year.