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.

New Jersey Monitor is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds law that prevents domestic abusers from owning guns

By: - June 21, 2024

This was the first major test of the 2022 Supreme Court decision that struck down a New York law limiting carrying firearms in the open.

Biden to unveil protections for some undocumented spouses, easier DACA work visas

By: - June 18, 2024

President Joe Biden will formally make the announcement during an afternoon White House event to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the DACA program.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ban on bump stocks used in Las Vegas mass shooting

By: - June 14, 2024

The opinion, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, reduces the executive branch’s already-limited ability to address gun violence.

Trump claims ‘great unity’ after talks with congressional GOP

By: and - June 14, 2024

The positive reception from GOP leaders showed Trump’s standing in the party improved since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

Biden touts gun safety record to advocates, as son found guilty on felony charges

By: - June 11, 2024

A federal jury found Hunter Biden, who has struggled with drug addiction, guilty on three related felony gun charges.

Executive order limiting asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border signed by Biden

By: - June 4, 2024

The White House has been dealing with the largest number of migrant encounters at the southern border in 20 years.

Biden administration seeks to speed some asylum cases with new immigration docket

By: - May 16, 2024

The recent arrivals docket will allow asylum cases to be decided in 180 days, or six months, rather than years.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

By: - May 15, 2024

A second debate will be hosted by ABC News on Sept. 10 in which both candidates have agreed to partake.

Asylum seekers with criminal records would be more quickly removed under Biden proposal

By: - May 9, 2024

The plan only applies to individuals who have a serious criminal history or who are linked to terrorist activity, an official said.

Biden decries campus antisemitism in Holocaust remembrance speech

By: - May 7, 2024

During a speech at the U.S. Capitol, Biden stressed the importance of honoring the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.

Biden administration to issue rule expanding DACA health care access

By: - May 3, 2024

About 100,000 uninsured people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will get health insurance, the Biden administration said.

Biden backs peaceful protest, denounces campus ‘chaos’ over Gaza

By: - May 2, 2024

President Biden, responding to pro-Palestinian college encampments, said he supports the right to protest, but “not the right to cause chaos.”