Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

Pressure ramps up to halt Trump-era policy that expels migrants at the border

By: - March 11, 2022

Senate Democrats and immigration advocates are pushing the White House to end a controversial Trump-era immigration policy enacted during the pandemic that allowed U.S. officials to expel migrants and asylum seekers at the border.

Congress hates changing the clocks just like everyone else

By: - March 10, 2022

As Americans prepare to adjust their clocks this weekend for daylight saving time, lawmakers at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday assembled a panel of experts to discuss the health, energy and economic impacts of the shift twice a year. 

U.S. House condemns bomb threats made against HBCUs

By: - March 9, 2022

The resolution, sponsored by North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams, is in response to the more than 30 bomb threats made at dozens of HBCUs, with an uptick throughout Black History Month in February. 

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White House allows Ukrainian nationals to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation

By: - March 4, 2022

Ukrainians living in the U.S. as of March 1 of this year will be eligible for protected status for up to 18 months; it will not apply to Ukrainians arriving after March 1. The designation will also allow those in the program to apply for work permits.

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‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color

By: - March 3, 2022

Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage. 

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U.S. House panel hears from DHS about problems with ‘remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

By: - March 2, 2022

The policy requires migrants from Mexico who are seeking asylum to remain in Mexico while their paperwork is processed, but many advocates have documented harm, separation and deaths to those who must comply with the program.

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

By: and - March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine.  “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at an event led by a white nationalist and has no regrets

By: - March 1, 2022

Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is doubling down on her decision to give a speech at a far-right conference with ties to white supremacists over the weekend.

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Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - February 25, 2022

If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Before any U.S. troops are sent to Ukraine, some in Congress want a say

By: - February 23, 2022

President Joe Biden has not dispatched troops to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion and has said he does not intend to do so, but on Tuesday announced sanctions on Russia, as well as on its oligarchs.

Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , and - February 22, 2022

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region.

U.S. House hearing on extremism toward HBCUs turns into ‘defund the police’ debate

By: - February 17, 2022

Republicans on a panel to discuss bomb threats against HBCU's and places of worship steered focus to crime rates and threats against police.