Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

BY: - January 23, 2019

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, introduced House Bill 2444 last week, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software […]

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

BY: - January 18, 2019

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. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet […]

DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

BY: - January 14, 2019

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 wall to help stop it. “I think there’s misconceptions about what the wall is,” Milstead said in Washington Friday. “It’s not […]


Billions in federal funds for AZ threatened by potential census undercount

BY: - January 11, 2019

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 but nationally significant story of the decade: the once-a-decade U.S. census count. The case was brought by California Attorney General Xavier […]

Southwest Key hires consultant to vet Arizona operations

BY: - January 11, 2019

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.

As Trump visits border, AZ congressional Dems reject ‘manufactured’ crisis claims

BY: - January 10, 2019

Arizona Democrats say there’s no crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite President Donald Trump’s attempts this week to intensify support for a wall. Democrats, including those who represent the districts that border with Mexico, accuse the president of creating a crisis and argue that the physical barrier he’s demanding is the wrong way to ensure […]

A school where refugee and immigrant students find their voice

BY: - January 9, 2019

“Our students need their voice, they need to be heard, and if they don’t have a way of sharing that voice, the talents and the gifts they have will never be shared,” Faulkner said. Her official title is intensive intervention specialist.

Sheriff Penzone: Southwest key child abuse investigations fell through the cracks

BY: - January 7, 2019

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said things fell through the cracks in the investigations his agency conducted into three reports of child abuse at a Southwest Key facility for migrant children in Youngtown.

Sonoran guv: Build bridges, not walls

BY: - January 7, 2019

With the backdrop of a presidential trip to the southern border and a government partially shut-down over disagreement on funding for a border wall, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Mexico, told the Arizona Mirror she rejects plans to build a wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border.


The victims weren’t a priority for their caretakers or the police

BY: - December 31, 2018

At every point in the story about migrant children being the victims of abuse at the hand of Southwest Key shelter employees, you see the same thing: People more concerned with covering their asses than actually protecting these vulnerable children.

Deaths of migrant kids underscore risks of hieleras

BY: - December 28, 2018

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, 7, died on Dec. 8 in an El Paso hospital. Felipe Gómez Alonzo, 8, died on Christmas Eve at a medical center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Records suggest MCSO didn’t fully investigate child abuse claims at migrant shelter

BY: - December 26, 2018

Public records released to the Arizona Mirror shed light into the three reports of child abuse that led the federal government to shut down a shelter for migrant minors in Youngtown in September. The reports show neither the Southwest Key employees nor the minors involved were ever interviewed by law enforcement, and the Maricopa County […]