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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

Border Patrol Agent Dies In Arizona

Federal authorities say a Border Patrol agent in Arizona has died.Border Patrol officials say Agent Robert Hotten was on duty near Mount Washington, which is south of Patagonia and east of Nogales. Fellow agents found Hotten, 44, unresponsive.Hotten’s colleagues gave him emergency medical care until a helicopter could take him to a waiting ambulance. Medical officials → Read More

Southwest Key Hopes To Reopen Shelter In Youngtown

Southwest Key Programs hopes to reopen the last of two Arizona shelters that closed about a year ago.The Texas-based nonprofit has received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding during the fiscal year that ends in September. → Read More

Southwest Key Worker Arrested On Suspicion Of Sex Crimes

Police have arrested a Southwest Key Programs worker on suspicion of sex crimes.Court documents say Jose Antonio Rojas-Minjares is accused of sexual conduct with a minor and luring a child for sexual exploitation.A probable cause statement accuses Rojas, 30, of sending sexually explicit text messages to someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy, but was actually an undercover → Read More

60th Arizona-Mexico Commission Meeting Comes After Months Of Trade Anxiety

“Buenos dias! Gracias!” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said during the annual Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting last November in Hermosillo. “It is wonderful to be back in Sonora with my good friend and partner Gov. Pavlovich.”“Welcome again, Gov. Ducey, my good friend!” responded Sonoran Gov. Claudia Pavlovich, who sat next to him during one of the sessions.They touted the strength → Read More

This Website Archive Has Become An Invaluable Source For Fans Of Mid-Century Modern Housing

One of the most well-known architectural styles in Phoenix is mid-century modern. It's those 1950s and 60s-style houses with clean lines and breeze-block walls.Marlen Grove, Paradise Gardens and Marion Estates are a few neighborhoods in Phoenix where you’ll find examples of that mid-century modern style.Another part of the U. S. where you can find this architectural style is North Carolina. It’s… → Read More

Policy That Makes Asylum Seekers Wait In Mexico Likely To Be Tested

Lawsuits are expected to try to stop the federal government from making some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case goes forward in immigration court, and any legal challenge is likely to be filed in the Ninth Circuit where the practice has reportedly gone into effect. → Read More

Feds To Relaunch Internet System For Requesting Foreign Guest Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has scheduled its internet system for accepting applications for foreign guest workers to be back up and running at noon MST on Monday, after high demand for H-2B visas caused it to crash on Jan. 1. → Read More

ACLU Of Arizona Sues For Records, DATA From ICE's National Call Center

The ACLU of Arizona thinks some traffic stops are being illegally prolonged while local police investigate a person’s immigration status, and the civil liberties group has sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information that can show if its belief is true. The lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 19, alleges ICE violated the Freedom of Information Act by not turning over records and… → Read More

Federal Agencies Now On Same Page On So-Called Asylum Ban

Federal officials had contradicted each other last week on whether the so-called asylum ban applies to children traveling without a parent or guardian, but they’re now on the same page.The new rule and presidential proclamation block people from seeking asylum if they enter the country illegally. → Read More

Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Superintendent Of Public Instruction Race

The Associated Press has declared Democrat Kathy Hoffman the winner of the race to be Arizona’s next superintendent of public instruction.Hoffman’s lead over Republican Frank Riggs grew to more than 54,000 votes on Monday. When she takes office in January, Hoffman will be the first Democrat to hold Arizona’s top public schools job since the 1990s. → Read More

President Trump In Arizona For Mesa Rally

President Donald Trump is in Arizona for a rally in Mesa.The stop is part of three-state Western swing on his national midterm campaign tour through Arizona, Nevada and Montana.The Mesa rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at International Air Response near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.His campaign says it's the 10th rally Trump has held in Arizona and the second rally in Mesa since he first… → Read More

Foreign-Born Coach, Players Shoulder Phoenix Suns' Hope For Turnaround

The roar of the crowd inside Talking Stick Resort Arena made it a bit hard to hear the announcer say the Phoenix Suns chose Deandre Ayton as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. But the excitement among fans was unmistakable. → Read More

ICE Releasing Large Numbers Of Immigrant Families To Arizona Churches

The federal government quietly started releasing hundreds of undocumented immigrant families into the United States this past weekend, and social workers across Arizona described a chaotic process that started on Saturday.Alma Bon, who works for Yuma Refugee Ministries, handled dozens of new families Monday morning.“We heard rumors they were going to release them on the street,” Bon said. “So we… → Read More

ICE Releasing Large Numbers Of Immigrant Families To Arizona Churches

The federal government quietly started releasing hundreds of undocumented immigrant families into the United States this past weekend, and social workers across Arizona described a chaotic process that started on Saturday.Alma Bon, who works for Yuma Refugee Ministries, handled dozens of new families Monday morning.“We heard rumors they were going to release them on the street,” Bon said. “So we… → Read More

One Arizona Makes Final Push Ahead Of Voter Registration Deadline

Midnight Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the November elections, and a coalition of activist groups called One Arizona is making a final push to get as many people as possible signed up to cast ballots.One Arizona’s goal for 2018 was to help 200,000 Latinos, young people and single women register to vote. → Read More

Federal Officials Close Southwest Key Programs Shelter In Youngtown, Arizona

Federal officials have closed a West Valley shelter for immigrant kids, according to the facility's operator.The shelter is run by Southwest Key Programs, which already faces a legal effort by the state to take away it's licenses.The facility is named Hacienda Del Sol, and it’s in Youngtown. It’s at least the second Southwest Key shelter in Arizona to be shuttered. → Read More

Eloy Pulls Plug On Part Of ICE Contract

The city of Eloy has ended part of a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allowed the federal agency to run an immigrant detention center in Texas, and the city manager says ICE asked Eloy to pull the plug on the deal.The deal between ICE and Eloy paid the city about $438,000 a year.“(I) would rather not lose the revenue, but I understand,” said Harvey Krauss, Eloy’s city… → Read More

Lawsuit Seeks Documents On Delays In Processing Citizenship Applications

Immigrant rights groups are taking the federal government to court over access to records tied to applications for citizenship.The most recent data available shows a backlog of more than 750,000 green card holder requests to naturalize. → Read More

Potential Settlement Would Give Some Separated Parents Second Shot At Asylum

A potential settlement has been reached in a trio of lawsuits involving immigrant families separated by the federal government, and the deal would give a do-over to parents facing deportation after failing initial interviews for asylum. To apply for asylum, a person must first pass an interview gauging if their fear of going home is believable. → Read More

Feds Reunite More Than 1,800 Migrant Kids Before Deadline

Thursday was the court ordered deadline for the federal government to finish returning separated children to their migrant parents.With hours to go before the deadline, federal officials said they were on-track to reunite kids with all eligible parents being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We’ve been running 24/7 at many of our detention facilities to help facilitate the… → Read More