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Elections officials grapple with Native American language rule

Coconino was one of three Arizona counties that were told by the federal government in October they would have to add voting assistance in Yuma — a language that may have fewer than 100 speakers.... Read more»0

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Census: Az county poverty levels as high as 34%

Almost all Arizona counties saw a rise in poverty rates during the recession and six posted “statistically significant” increases, according to Census statistics released Tuesday. The number of poor residents in Pima County rose to nearly 18% in 2010.... Read more»0

Opponents say Ala.’s ‘Juan Crow’ law causes fear, anxiety

If the goal of state immigration laws was to make life so uncomfortable for illegal immigrants that they leave on their own, it may be working under HB 56 in Alabama.... Read more»2

Grijalva, Dems challenge Ala. immigration law

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is in Alabama this week with nine other congressional Democrats to help start a campaign to repeal the state’s immigration law, known as HB 56. Because the law is modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070, Arizona has a lot to teach Alabama, he said.... Read more»1

Dems will go to Ala. to fight SB 1070-style law

Arizona leaders need to show “support and comfort” to people in Alabama who are dealing with the negative impacts of that state’s strict new immigration law, Rep. Raul Grijalva said Thursday.... Read more»5

Brewer wants F-35s based at Luke AFB

Gov. Jan Brewer was in Washington on Wednesday to urge the secretary of the Air Force to base the service’s next-generation F-35 fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base near Glendale.... Read more»0

A 'hero’ in Giffords’ shooting testifies for tougher gun laws

A Tucson resident who was hailed as a hero in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, called on Senate lawmakers Tuesday to pass stricter gun laws.... Read more»1

GAO questions plan for Az border technology

U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs to do a better job of justifying its plans for $1.5 billion border surveillance project at the Arizona-Mexico border, according to a government report released Friday.... Read more»1

Congress to subpoena DHS over immigrants’ records

A House subcommittee Wednesday authorized the issuance of a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security for data about undocumented immigrants with criminal records who have been released after their arrests.... Read more»5

Donations pour in to SB 1070 defense fund

When Gov. Jan Brewer asked private donors last year to help pay legal fees to defend the state and its controversial SB 1070 immigration law against lawsuits, thousands of Arizonans responded. And so did thousands of people from other states. And other territories and other countries.... Read more»2

Hispanic homes more likely to have hunger

One in three Hispanic households with children is never sure if it will have enough food for all members of the family, according to a recent report.... Read more»3

Deportations in '11 set record for 3rd straight year

Immigration officials announced that they deported nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants in fiscal 2011, setting a record for a third consecutive year under the Obama administration.... Read more»1

In D.C., Pinal deputy likens border to war zone

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Henry said Wednesday that when his deputies go to the border they face a situation similar to a war zone in Afghanistan or Iraq.... Read more»1

Napolitano: Number of deportations in '11 should break record

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that immigration officials expect another record-breaking number of deportations when the final numbers for fiscal 2011 are tallied.... Read more»0

Mexican repatriation flight program hits lowest level

Immigration officials this year flew fewer than 9,000 Mexican nationals home, the lowest number in the eight years of a voluntary government repatriation program.... Read more»1

Federal funds flowing to state doubled in 10 years

Arizona residents, governments and businesses received $64.4 billion in federal money in fiscal 2010, more than double what the state received in 2001, according to new data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»0

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