Immigration

Bill number ‘1070’ remains off-limits in the Senate

For the ninth consecutive year, the ability to sponsor Senate Bill 1070 is off-limits to all but one lawmaker — the Senate president.

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women who were in Border Patrol custody in the Tucson Sector nearly four years apart described similar circumstances of freezing cells in squalid conditions, as a trial over the treatment of migrants in Southern Arizona continued for a second day.

10 years after SB1070, ‘We Are Still Here’ showcases art of those impacted

The exhibit, titled “We Are Still Here,” marks the 10-year anniversary of the controversial state immigration enforcement law Senate Bill 1070.

AZ Republican lawmaker disagrees with Ducey on refugee resettlement – sort of

A Republican lawmaker is pulling back on statements he made opposing the resettlement of refugees in Arizona that were published in a conservative blog and criticized Gov. Doug Ducey’s proclamation that Arizona would welcome refugees.

Ducey touts investments in K-12, rural AZ in State of the State speech

Gov. Doug Ducey promised investments in schools, rural counties and tax cuts for veterans in his sixth State of the State speech Monday, but he shied away from criminal justice reform and sex ed changes  – two issues that will be hotly contested issues at the Capitol as the legislature kicks off its 2020 session.

Lawrence wants state law to define ‘sanctuary’ cities

A Scottsdale Republican lawmaker wants to define sanctuary cities in Arizona law.

4 local governments follow Ducey’s lead, open doors to refugees

The state’s two largest counties and cities have sent letters to the U.S. Department of State saying new refugees can call neighborhoods in Phoenix, Tucson and Maricopa and Pima counties home.

Monday Musings: All eyes on how Sinema handles impeachment

Columnist Chris Herstam weighs in on what's happening in Arizona politics and uses his 40 years of experience in and around government to help you understand what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.

House GOP leader’s bill would bar cities, counties from stopping private border wall construction

House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, sponsored legislation that would bar cities and counties from blocking or restricting private border wall construction, fulfilling a pledge he made last year. House Bill 2084 would bar cities...

Cuban asylum-seekers allege inhumane treatment, torture in AZ ICE facility

Dozens of Cuban asylum-seekers held in an Arizona detention center are denouncing what they say is inhumane treatment, psychological torture and prolonged imprisonment, according to a letter they sent to a local humanitarian aid group.
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