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Arizona Dem Kyrsten Sinema joins GOP in push for program that would quickly deport migrants without valid asylum claims

Freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was one of a number of Democrats to join Republican colleagues this week who called for the implementation of a pilot program that would work to quickly identify and deport migrants at the border who are judged not to have a valid asylum claim.

Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., joined Republicans in writing to President Trump urging the implementation of Operation Safe Return — a Department of Homeland Security pilot program that that would focus on quickly identifying, processing and returning family units who do not have valid asylum claims in the U.S.

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“Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process,” the letter said. “We also expect that Operation Safe Return will help us examine current process deficiencies, identify required increases in capacity, and understand the drivers of migration.”

The program would allow DHS to remove family units within 15 days who are determined not to meet the criteria of “credible fear” of returning home necessary for an asylum claim. Those who are initially deemed to meet the “credible fear” criteria can often have their asylum cases go on for years.

The pilot program would have Border Patrol conduct interviews with migrants within three days of them being encountered between ports of entry, and have them processed and given a medical exam within four days. The “credible fear” interview shold occur within nine days.

“This pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic. “If someone says ‘I left my country because I can’t make a living,’ (or) ‘it’s hard to take care of my family’ — that’s what we call an economic migrant.”

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Senate Security and Governmental Affairs Committee member Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., questions witnesses during a hearing on 2020 census on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Democrats joined Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, James Lankford, R-Okla., John Barrosso, R-Wyo., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, in writing to Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

“As sympathetic as I am toward anyone who yearns for the freedom and opportunity that America provides, it is not possible to properly accommodate all who do. Those who enter our country illegally without a valid asylum claim, put themselves and our society at risk,” Johnson said in a statement.

“The goal of our policies should be to reduce the overwhelming flow of illegal migration and convert it to a controllable number of legal immigrants. Hopefully, Operation Safe Return will convince Central Americans, that on a bipartisan basis, America will do everything we can to prevent human traffickers from exploiting our laws and abusing immigrants seeking a better life,” he said.

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The bipartisan push comes amid a continuing crisis on the southern border, with hundreds of thousands of migrants being encountered and apprehended at the border each month. The Trump administration has focused its efforts on trying to end “loopholes” in which family units who meet the initial credible fear test are released into the U.S. as cases are processed.

This week, the Trump administration announced a policy that requires most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey.

Democrats meanwhile have focused more on the humanitarian aspect of the crisis, and have been extremely critical of the conditions in detention facilities, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the homeland.

Sinema told The Republic that the idea was in response to a meeting with administration and White House officials who she said were focused on changing asylum laws and challenging the 1997 Flores agreement that set standards for treatment of migrants and how long minors can be held in custody.

“I just felt those weren’t the right answers,” she said. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants … and we want to respect the Flores decision.”

Sinema has frequently bucked her own party since becoming senator in the typically red-leaning state, even amid a deeply partisan divide in Congress. In April she tweeted that “we must secure the border with a comprehensive, smart, bipartisan approach.”

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In February, she was one of only a few Democrats who voted to confirm Barr. In April she came out firmly against launching impeachment hearings against President Trump in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

“No,” she said when asked by The Arizona Republic. When asked why, she said: “Everyone knows.”

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Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect

The husband of an Arizona woman who vanished while hiking with him in California last week said authorities consider him a prime suspect in the case.

Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen July 12 with her husband Robert in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles from Interstate 40. She reportedly was clad in a bikini, hiking boots, and a baseball cap and didn’t have any supplies or her cell phone at the time. The couple brought beer and water on the hike.

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Robert Thomas told Inside Edition in an interview that aired Wednesday that investigators consider him a prime suspect because “it was just the two of us” in the sweltering desert. He also told the outlet he failed a lie detector test.

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Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen on Friday hiking in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles north of Interstate 40 east of Kelbaker Road. (Colorado River Sheriffs Department)

‘Yes, I took a polygraph test, they told me I was being deceptive,” he said. “I know that polygraphs aren’t 100 percent and I hadn’t had any sleep.”

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, park rangers, and volunteers have scoured the desert to look for the grandmother as temperatures continued to climb into the triple digits this week.

During the interview, Thomas said he realized his wife was missing when he stopped to take a picture of a rock formation and saw her rounding a corner.

“That’s the last I ever saw of her,” he said.

When he turned the corner, Barbara was gone and Robert Thomas assumed he would find her sitting outside their camper.

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A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

“I hollered her name and I waved my arms, and I looked around the area and I saw that she wasn’t anywhere around. She didn’t respond. I got really panicky,” he said.

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Thomas said he believes his wife was taken against her will because of what she was wearing and the beer she had. He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

“She is the love of my life,” he said. “Come home. We’re missing you.”

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Anti-migrant detention protests lead to 16 arrests in Phoenix

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Police in Phoenix, Ariz., arrested 16 people Friday night during a protest of planned sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Authorities said a group of protesters blocked a downtown street and disrupted light rail traffic outside the local ICE office. KSAZ reported that a small number of people did not clear the roadway and the light rail tracks when they were asked, prompting the arrests.

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In all, 14 people were accused of unlawful assembly and obstructing a public thoroughfare, while two were charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

No injuries were reported and the protesters dispersed around 11:00 p.m.

The Phoenix protest was one of a number of demonstrations ahead of Sunday’s planned immigration operations. Earlier Friday, protesters demonstrating outside an ICE facility in Aurora, Colo. pulled down the American flag and raised the flag of Mexico in its place

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On Saturday, several thousand protesters marched through downtown Chicago, many of them carrying  placards with messages including “No kids in cages” and “Abolish ICE.” Some also belted chants critical of Trump.

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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the protest was peaceful and that there were no arrests. He says there were an estimated 5,000 protesters at its peak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Giant cactus pierces car windshield on Arizona highway, driver miraculously unhurt

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An Arizona driver escaped injuries but was taken into custody after a cactus plummeted through his car windshield Wednesday.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, was crossing a median in Tucson when he hit a cactus, Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Jelineo said.

The saguaro cactus splintered on impact and the part that broke off ended up partially inside the black sports car, breaking through the windshield and jutting out onto the hood of the vehicle.

Jelineo said deputies detained and arrested the driver after observing signs that he was impaired.

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Claudia Figueroa of AZ Cactus Experts, a company that sells, straightens, removes and prunes cacti, told KSAZ the driver was lucky he wasn’t killed.

“I saw the picture. That was so bad,” she told the station. “I have never seen something like that before, but that can kill the person that was driving, and yea, they don’t have to be too big to cause a lot of damage. That one right there, it could be one ton or 1,000 pounds.”

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Arizona man fatally stabbed teen listening to rap because he felt ‘unsafe,’ police say

Authorities on Tuesday said an Arizona man fatally stabbed a teen last week because he felt threatened by the teen’s choice of music: rap.

The encounter happened Thursday at a Circle K in Peoria, about a 25-minute drive northwest of Phoenix, according to reports.

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Michael Adams faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder for the alleged stabbing of a teen last week. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses told police that Michael Adams, 27, walked up to a 17-year-old who was listening to rap music and stabbed him the throat, Phoenix’s Fox 10 reported. The teen – identified as Elijah Al-Amin –reportedly stumbled outside the Circle K and died.

Adams allegedly told officers he felt “unsafe” by the teen’s choice of music. He allegedly said he had been attacked before by people listening to rap, the station reported.

He allegedly said he wanted to prevent an attack, but admitted the victim did nothing to provoke him.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said Adams had been released from jail two days before the alleged stabbing. Adam’s lawyer told Fox 10 that his client has a history of mental illness and was released from jail without medication.

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“They released him to the streets with no medication, no meds, with no way to care for himself,” Adam’s lawyer said during a court appearance this week. “This is a failing of the Department of Corrections. This is easily foreseeable and that is an issue.”

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Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, the Arizona Republic reported. He is being held a $1 million cash bond and will appear in court next on July 15, the report said.

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Arizona girl, 7, dies after hit-and-run crash, driver charged with manslaughter, DUI: police

A seven-year-old Arizona girl died Friday night after a hit-and-run crash and a man has been charged in her death, police said.

The hit-and-run occurred in Tolleson, about 13 miles west of Phoenix, around 10 p.m. Friday, according to reports. Arturo Perez, 28, was driving when he collided with another vehicle, police said.

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Arturo Perez faces charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, DUI, and a hit-and-run.  (Avondale Jail)

A 7-year-old was a passenger in the car Perez allegedly hit was badly injured, the Arizona Republic reported. She was transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries, police said. The driver of that vehicle was also taken to the hospital. His condition was unclear.

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Perez allegedly fled the scene, Phoenix’s Fox 10 reported. Officers later found him nearby on foot and arrested him, the report said.

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He was booked into the Avondale Jail and charged with suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated assault, DUI and a hit-and-run, the Republic reported. An investigation is ongoing.

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Tempe Officers Association ‘encouraged’ by Starbucks apology after cops asked to leave

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The Tempe Officers Association responded Sunday to the controversy that unfolded after some police officers were asked to leave an Arizona Starbucks on Independence Day, saying the union was “encouraged” by Starbucks’ apology and looked forward to “a welcome dialogue.”

“We would like to thank the public for the overwhelming support shown to our officers in the aftermath of this unfortunate incident,” the president of the Tempe Officers Association, Sergeant Rob Ferraro, said on Sunday.

“We are encouraged that Starbucks has reached out to our organization and to the Tempe Police Department to apologize and to further express their support of law enforcement.”

STARBUCKS APOLOGIZES AFTER POLICE OFFICERS ASKED TO LEAVE SHOP BECAUSE OF CUSTOMER COMPLAINT

He added, “We hope that out of this unfortunate incident there comes a welcome dialogue, one that more closely unites the men and women on the frontlines of police work with the communities we serve and protect.”

Starbucks apologized to Tempe police on Saturday after some of its officers were asked to leave one of its shops on the Fourth of July, following complaints from a customer who reportedly didn’t feel safe with cops present.

The coffee giant apologized for any “misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place” and said it had “deep respect for the Tempe Police Department.”

The company went further on Saturday, with its executive vice president writing to the Tempe Police Department that she wanted to “sincerely apologize” on behalf of Starbucks after six officers were asked to leave the Tempe store.

“They should have been welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners (employees). Instead they were made to feel unwelcome and disrespected, which is completely unacceptable,” she wrote.

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Six officers had bought their drinks prior to their July 4 shift and were standing together when a barista asked them to leave, the Tempe Officers Association posted to its Facebook account.

The post was accompanied by a parody Starbucks logo featuring coffee being dumped from a cup. The union called the request “offensive” and said “such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

It was not clear whether the barista — who has not been identified — would face disciplinary action.

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The coffee chain also made headlines last year after two black men waiting for a business associate were arrested inside a Philadelphia shop for trespassing. The men received an apology from the city’s police commissioner and Starbucks closed 8,000 locations for the better part of a day to conduct “racial bias training.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano, Jeffrey Rubin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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VIDEO: Guitarist plays ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ while overlooking Grand Canyon

Talk about letting freedom ring.

A proud American guitarist originally from Atlanta recently posted on Instagram his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was filmed while he overlooked Grand Canyon National Park.

Andrew Suggs decided to make the patriotic video while on a camping trip in northern Arizona, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported. He told the station the video was made on the Fourth of July.

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“Happy 4th! Please share!,” Suggs writes in the post.

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Grand Canyon National Park. (Shutterstock)

Suggs is seen wearing the cap and jersey of his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, whom he claims have invited him to play the anthem at their home ballpark before a future game, according to FOX 10.

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Starbucks shop boots police officers because customer ‘did not feel safe’ around them: reports

Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz., say they were asked to leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer complained they “did not feel safe” with the cops present, according to reports.

Five officers were drinking coffee at the Starbucks location prior to their shift beginning when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.

Rob Ferraro, president of the police union, told FOX 10 of Phoenix that such treatment of police officers seems to be happening more often these days.

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“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” Ferraro told the station in a phone interview.

The police union also posted a series of Twitter messages about the incident.

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the union wrote. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

— Tempe Officers Association statement

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A Starbucks sign hangs in front of a store in Central Valley, N.Y., on Aug. 26, 2018. (Getty Images)

The union said it did not blame the Starbucks corporate office, adding it looked forward “to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.”

Earlier Friday, the union tweeted a parody of the Starbucks logo, with the words “Dump Starbucks” and the image of a hand dumping the contents of a cup of coffee.

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“Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019,” the message said. “Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect

A Starbucks spokesman told the Arizona Republic the company was still gathering details about what happened.

“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community,” spokesman Reggie Borges told the newspaper. “We’ve reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”

“We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”

— Reggie Borges, Starbucks spokesman

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Neither the barista nor the customer who allegedly complained were identified. Starbucks would not say whether the barista would be disciplined in connection with the case.

In 2018, an incident at a Starbucks shop in Philadelphia made headlines when two black men who were waiting for a business colleague inside the shop were arrested for trespassing. The Philadelphia police commissioner later apologized to the men and Starbucks closed some 8,000 locations for part of a business day to conduct “racial bias training.”

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this story.

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Starbucks shop boots police officers because customer ‘did not feel safe’ around them: reports

Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz., say they were asked to leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer complained they “did not feel safe” with the cops present, according to reports.

Five officers were drinking coffee at the Starbucks location prior to their shift beginning when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.

Rob Ferraro, president of the police union, told FOX 10 of Phoenix that such treatment of police officers seems to be happening more often these days.

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“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” Ferraro told the station in a phone interview.

The police union also posted a series of Twitter messages about the incident.

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the union wrote. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”

— Tempe Officers Association statement

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A Starbucks sign hangs in front of a store in Central Valley, N.Y., on Aug. 26, 2018. (Getty Images)

The union said it did not blame the Starbucks corporate office, adding it looked forward “to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.”

Earlier Friday, the union tweeted a parody of the Starbucks logo, with the words “Dump Starbucks” and the image of a hand dumping the contents of a cup of coffee.

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“Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019,” the message said. “Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect

A Starbucks spokesman told the Arizona Republic the company was still gathering details about what happened.

“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community,” spokesman Reggie Borges told the newspaper. “We’ve reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”

“We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”

— Reggie Borges, Starbucks spokesman

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Neither the barista nor the customer who allegedly complained were identified. Starbucks would not say whether the barista would be disciplined in connection with the case.

In 2018, an incident at a Starbucks shop in Philadelphia made headlines when two black men who were waiting for a business colleague inside the shop were arrested for trespassing. The Philadelphia police commissioner later apologized to the men and Starbucks closed some 8,000 locations for part of a business day to conduct “racial bias training.”

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this story.

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