Lawmakers pressed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security and deportation policies in two House hearings that lasted much of the day Wednesday.Read More »
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A senator who wants to create an armed volunteer force that can stop crimes along the Arizona-Mexico border repeated claims Tuesday that terrorist organizations based in the Middle East have formed alliances with drug cartels to the south.Read More »
A study by Congress' investigative arm has found that investigators linked 30 fires that erupted in a five-year period in a border region of the southwestern state of Arizona to people who crossed into the U.S. illegally.Read More »
A federal judge has dismissed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to enforce immigration laws or maintain control of her state's border with Mexico.Read More »
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is canceling her plans to attend a border governors meeting in Mexico this week.Read More »
A new law aimed at giving Arizona the power to wrest control of millions of acres from the federal government may end up as nothing more than a sharply worded message — and an ineffective one at that.Read More »
After a contentious vote last session, the Legislature promised to give $1 million to Pinal County to help fight border-related crime.
But the sheriff’s office says it’s still waiting for the money.
Like a fancy new car that just sits in the garage because the owner can’t afford to pay the insurance, cash-strapped Arizona may not have many opportunities to use two border security measures the Legislature passed.
Senate Bill 1495 authorizes the governor to establish the Arizona State Guard, which would be independent from the Arizona National Guard and under the exclusive control of the state, for any reason. And SB1406 gives a border security committee the green light to raise private funds to build a fence along the border.
National Guard troops set up along the Arizona border will leave as planned the second week of June. Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Hugo Salazar says the mission along the southwestern border has gone well and troops helped the Department of Homeland Security watch the border while gathering intelligence against criminal cartels.Read More »
A bill discussion in the House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety turned prickly Feb. 16 when the debate turned to extremism in Arizona.Read More »