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Audit shows deep, worsening trauma for migrant children in custody

WASHINGTON - An inspector general's report on the mental health of migrant children in federal detention found multiple shortcomings in how officials cared for children in custody last fall, with significant trauma and worsening mental health problems.


Court identifies First Amendment right for witnesses to hear executions

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that witnesses to Arizona executions have a First Amendment right to hear the entire execution process to help determine if executions are done "in a humane and lawful manner."

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Opponents promise Supreme Court decision won’t be last word on asylum

WASHINGTON - Critics vowed Thursday that the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump administration's restrictive asylum policy move forward will not be the last word and that they intend to keep challenging the plan.


Advocates alarmed by reports administration may lower refugee cap again

WASHINGTON - Advocates reacted with alarm Tuesday to published reports that the Trump administration may again cut the number of refugees allowed in to the U.S., a move they said would endanger vulnerable people and tarnish the country's standing.

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Deferred action on DACA: Program lives on; advocates worry for how long

WASHINGTON - Two years after the Trump administration announced plans to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program still has a pulse - though advocates worry about how long that might last, and the Supreme Court could settle the question this fall.


DHS plan to close Flores ‘loophole’ likely to get tied in knots

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration unveiled new rules to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 court ruling that severely limits the amount of time migrant children can be held by the government, but advocates say plan is flawed and that Flores is not likely to go down without a fight.


Mexican immigrants in U.S. continue drop, driven by politics, economics

WASHINGTON - The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the United States dropped by about 300,000 people between 2016 and 2017, according to Census Bureau data, part of a years-long shift that experts say is likely driven by changes on both sides of the border.


Cuts in refugee admission defended as necessary, decried as ‘disastrous’

WASHINGTON - Three months after the Trump administration cut the number of refugees the U.S. will accept to the lowest level since 1980, aid groups in Arizona say they are already feeling the effects of the move they call disastrous but supporters say is necessary.


Immigration reform likely to make – limited – gains in next Congress

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and analysts believe there will be some progress on immigration reform after the new Congress is sworn in next month.


A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

WASHINGTON – A year after the Trump administration said it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program had received more than 230,000 DACA renewal applications after a court ordered the program kept alive while legal challenges played out - which they continue to do.


White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

WASHINGTON - The White House vowed to fight a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to "incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system."


Flake threat to scuttle judicial nominees is scuttled by delayed vote

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed votes on 15 judicial nominees - including one from Arizona - temporarily scuttling a plan by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, to force a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act by opposing all judicial nominees until a vote on the act is allowed.