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Fee to become U.S. citizen jumping to nearly $1,200, an 83% increase

The federal agency in charge of adjudicating immigration benefits is increasing the fee to become a U.S. citizen by 83% and charging a new fee for people seeking asylum.

COVID-19 relief proposal would extend Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses struggling under the weight of the COVID-induced economic slump or government mandates limiting their operations may soon get a new lifeline.

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands.

US Houses passes package to rescue child care industry

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic.

New DACA rules slam the door on protections, despite Supreme Court ruling

Arizona immigrant advocates on Tuesday denounced a new Trump administration move to end an Obama-era program that provides a temporary work permit and protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country as children. 

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’s words ring out in Capitol one more time

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life.

Senate Republicans pursue cut to jobless aid, adjourn without action

Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises.

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over...

Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package

Arizona’s Native American tribes are among the worst-hit jurisdictions in the world by COVID-19. 

Secret White House document: AZ needs stricter COVID-19 policies

A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force but not publicized suggests more than a dozen states should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, closing bars and gyms and asking residents to wear masks at all times.
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