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Feds release deferred action application tips

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a list of tips Monday for those applying for deferred action status, along with a video on the process.... Read more»

Mexican drivers may avoid tolls on El Paso highway

El Paso is facing an unusual problem as it prepares for its first toll road. Drivers without electronic toll tags will be sent a bill in the mail for using the road, and some are wondering if Mexican drivers will get a free ride.... Read more»

Texas checkpoints deter illegal immigrants seeking abortions

Illegal immigrants who live in the Rio Grande Valley and are seeking an abortion after 16 weeks face a hurdle beyond Texas’ strict laws. They must make a long drive north and face internal border checkpoints. ... Read more»

Texas lawyers: Those approved for deferred action can get IDs

Texas Department of Public Safety rules mandate that applicants for driver’s licenses or ID cards prove they are in the country legally. Some immigration lawyers and legal scholars say that applicants approved for deferred action qualify for such licenses. ... Read more»

Commentary

When did undocumented kids become Moby-Dick?

When Gov. Jan Brewer speedily signed an executive order banning driver’s licenses to "DREAMer" undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under a new White House program, I found myself “growing grim about the mouth” like a certain protagonist in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.... Read more»1

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Carmona ready for post-primary campaigning

Interviews with Richard Carmona, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Mark Stegeman, TUSD board member.... Read more»

Az water allocations bump against limit of Colorado River flow

The decades of compacts, laws, contracts and regulatory guidelines that are supposed to manage bordering states’ use of the Colorado River have come to be known collectively as the “Law of the River.” But the Law of the River could soon bump up against the laws of physics.... Read more»

Mexican drug war: More than 40 killed in weekend violence

More than 40 people were killed across Mexico at the weekend as violence linked to the country's drug war intensifies. ... Read more»1

How immigration enforcement impacts children & families

What happens to children when their parents are deported? How do these deportations, now more numerous than ever, affect families and the communities in which they live? Deportations break families up and have a wider effect on the community as a whole, not just the individual and the family involved.... Read more»4

Texas gov.: 'Deferred action' doesn't change state policies

Texas Gov. Rick Perry advised state agencies on Monday that despite the Obama administration’s “deferred action” policy allowing illegal immigrants a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit, Texas' policies on persons in the country illegally remain unchanged.... Read more»1

Az Dems: Brewer 'grandstanding' on deferred action

Democratic legislators criticized Gov. Brewer's move to deny drivers licenses to young illegal immigrants granted relief from deportation in a Thursday press release. "The governor is using her elected position to grandstand at the expense of finding real solutions to the issues our state is facing."... Read more»1

Applicants for deferred action hopeful about future

Rocio Hernandez and Rodrigo Morales were strangers before Wednesday morning, when they sat side by side in immigration lawyer Jackie Watson’s South Austin law office.... Read more»

Brewer bars benefits, licenses for illegal immigrants

Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order Wednesday, denying drivers licenses and other benefits to illegal immigrants who receive "deferred action" status. But "it actually is no different than what was already in place," she said at a press conference.... Read more»1

High-tech drug tunnel bust unlikely to dissuade smugglers

Despite the discovery of a sophisticated border tunnel near Yuma a month ago, officials said the Sinaloa drug cartel may turn to tunnels even more often now to avoid detection as surface border security tightens.... Read more»1

Peace caravan from Mexico condemns U.S. drug war

Carrying the weight of his murdered son’s memory, a Mexican poet is leading a national caravan — with stops in Tucson and Phoenix — to publicly condemn American drug policies.... Read more»3

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