Immigration

Man who sexually abused 7 boys at Southwest Key facility sentenced to 19 years in prison

A federal judge sentenced Levian Pacheco, who sexually abused several teenage boys at a shelter in Mesa for migrant youth, to 19 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.

Gallego’s office asks Capitol Police to investigate extremist group

Staffers of U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego have asked the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ after its leaders posted photos, video and information about security measures of the congressman’s house, the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported today.

Senate bill gives state more oversight of facilities like Southwest Key

A new bill would require all residential care centers for children in Arizona check employees against a state database that lists people with proven reports of child abuse or neglect, and allows regulators to inspect those institutions unannounced.

Senate committee urges congressional action on border wall

The Senate Government Committee voted to urge Congress to pass a border wall bill that is virtually dead.  Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, who chairs the committee, introduced Senate Concurrent Memorial 1001 to urge federal...

Judge orders woman to pay attorney fees to lawmaker in birther lawsuit

The southern Arizona woman who falsely claimed Rep. Raquel Terán couldn’t hold office because she is not a U.S. citizen will have to pay more than $3,000 in attorneys fees, a Maricopa County Superior...

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature.Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford,...

Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20.Republican Rep....

DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border...

Billions in federal funds for AZ threatened by potential census undercount

As the D.C. press corps spends the week chasing Trump’s newest shiny objects, a federal court in San Francisco began taking testimony in a suit involving what may be one of the most underreported...

Southwest Key hires consultant to vet Arizona operations

Southwest Key has hired health care management consultant Robert Hess III to comply with one of the terms of the settlement agreement between the migrant youth shelter operator and the Arizona Department of Health Services.