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Babeu urges House to reject Senate immigration bill, focus on security

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu dismissed a U.S. Senate immigration reform bill Thursday, urging House members to back an alternative plan instead that focuses on law enforcement and gives more authority to local police.... Read more»

The top 5 reasons why immigration reform in 2013 Is different than in 1986

The specter of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, has haunted every immigration-reform effort over the past few decades and continues to influence the 2013 reform debates.... Read more»4

Federal legislation targets Mexico over water treaty

A growing list of federal U.S. lawmakers is urging Mexico to comply with the terms of a 1944 water treaty they say its southern neighbor is violating.... Read more»

Focus on aquifers urged during push for water

As Texas lawmakers say farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are hurting because Mexico is not honoring a treaty on surface water delivery, experts caution that greater attention should be paid to water deep below the surface. ... Read more»

Think you're a political animal? Think again

Morris the Cat is running for mayor of a city in Veracruz, Mexico, joining a pantheon of esteemed animal leaders in North America who have not only run, they've won.... Read more»

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Bordering on the truth: Myths and facts about immigration

During Congress' current debate about immigration reform, the realities faced by immigrants and border communities are all too often misunderstood and misrepresented. What are the facts about border issues?... Read more»2

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Garcia: Why is Arizona standing alone in a Nebraska cornfield?

At least 38 states presently recognize immigrants with deferred action status as eligible for driver’s licenses, yet we stand alone (with Nebraska) in refusing to grant driver’s licenses to certain undocumented immigrants with federal work permits. If Arizona is trying to change its anti-immigrant image and heal its self-inflicted wounds caused by SB 1070, this obviously isn’t going to do it.... Read more»

Factcheck: Immigration bill's '$6.3 trillion price tag'

Critics of a bipartisan Senate bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system falsely claim that it will cost an additional $6.3 trillion, citing a study by a conservative group that opposes the bill. However, the report is not an analysis of the bill, and it says the cost of keeping the status quo "could run into the trillions" – so the net cost would be substantially lower than $6.3 trillion.... Read more»

Border Patrol seizes $1.7M of marijuana Tuesday

In separate incidents northwest of Tucson on Tuesday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two abandoned trucks that held 3,400 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.7 million. Other recent seizures included $370,000 worth of meth in Nogales, and two seizures totaling $150,000 of marijuana in Douglas.... Read more»

Barber urges OK for deal to avoid Border Patrol furloughs

Border Patrol agents may not face furlough days if leaders of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approve a Department of Homeland Security plan that would cut agents’ overtime pay instead. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, wrote to the ranking members of the Appropriations Committee Tuesday and urged them to act on the proposal.... Read more»

Explainer: Who are Mexico's Knights Templar?

They worship their leader "San Nazario" like a saint and claim they need extortion cash to protect the unprotected. But for many, this cult-like, meth-pushing Mexican gang is a menace to society.... Read more»

Confronting Mexico's Knights Templar cartel

The county of Coalcoman, Michoacan became fed up with the cult-like Knights Templar gang's extorting, raping and killing. Here's what it took to stop it — for now.... Read more»

Report: Immigrants increasing economic strength

Since the 2010 U.S. census, the number of naturalized citizens has increased substantially in Texas, and the state's immigrants account for significant purchasing power and economic output, according to an analysis by a Washington-based think tank urging immigration reform.... Read more»5

Mexico City police investigate possible kidnapping of 11 people from a bar

It may seem hard to believe — 11 young people kidnapped in broad daylight in this bustling capital. But that is exactly what distraught relatives believe happened last Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Study: Immigrants contribute more to Medicare than they take out

As Congress mulls changing America’s border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare’s finances, because they contribute tens of billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.... Read more»1

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