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In southern Mexico, an invasion, a battle and a vision for the future

After a militant indigenous group invaded his land, Virgil Edwards chose to rebuild the 25 acres that his American parents bought 50 years ago in the Mexican state of Chiapas. As one of the last large plots of open space in the city surrounding it, the land is worth millions. ... Read more»0

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For hotshot crews, training key to safe firefighting

Firefighters working in remote locations to get ahead of the most dangerous sections of fires rely on hard training to stay out of perilous situations. Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, of whom 19 were killed Sunday fighting a wildfire near Yarnell, had never had to use emergency shelters when they received training in 2012.... Read more»1

State school board to wade into English-immersion program fight

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day.... Read more»0

Franks pushes victims’ rights amendment to Constitution

An Arizona congressman and the Maricopa County attorney say the U.S. Constitution should be amended to protect the rights of crime victims.... Read more»1

Senators challenge Napolitano on border-security metrics in reform bill

Skeptical senators Tuesday challenged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on how her department plans to provide a “meaningful” border-security figure, which is the key to a route to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.... Read more»0

Immigration bill would triple border-crossing prosecutions in Tucson

The comprehensive immigration reform bill unveiled in the Senate this week includes language calling for a tripling of the number of border-crossing prosecutions in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson sector.... Read more»0

‘Gang of 8′ touts immigration reform bill as best chance for change

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled an 800-page immigration reform bill Thursday, calling it a “fair, comprehensive and practical solution” to a difficult problem.... Read more»1

Senate immigration plan: No path to citizenship without secure border

There will be a path to citizenship for immigrants in this country illegally but not before the border is secure, under a bipartisan Senate bill expected to be filed this week. An outline of the immigration reform bill proposed by the so-called “Gang of 8″ calls for billions more for border security, changes in visa laws, stricter enforcement of laws against hiring illegal immigrants and a pathway to lawful residence in 10 years and, later, citizenship.... Read more»3

Border Patrol union offers cut in overtime pay to avoid furloughs

Border Patrol agents would be willing to give up time-and-a-half overtime pay if it meant they would not have to be furloughed as part of mandated federal spending cuts, their union president testified Friday.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents tell lawmakers budget cuts will hurt security

Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border.... Read more»0

Arizonans join thousands at D.C. rally for immigration reform

Advocates and immigrants from Arizona were among thousands who came to Washington on Wednesday to rally at the Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform.... Read more»1

Az State Parks considers consolidating concession contracts

Arizona State Parks has hired a consultant to explore whether a single concessionaire for all 30 state parks would save money, offsetting several years of deep budget reductions.... Read more»0

Az bishop: Include family reunification in immigration reform

The Episcopal bishop for Arizona joined several religious and union leaders urging that family-unification policies be included in any comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The call came as federal lawmakers continued work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.... Read more»0

Study: Mexican immigrants seek citizenship at lower rate than others

Only 36 percent of Mexican immigrants who are eligible to become United States citizens are taking steps to do so, a much lower rate than immigrants from other countries, according to a recent study.... Read more»2

UA report: Immigration policies should focus on family unity

The nation’s current immigration policy is breaking up families and not deterring repeat border crossers, according to a University of Arizona study, which called for those factors to be addressed in any immigration reform.... Read more»0

Turnout light, emotions high as Supreme Court hears 2nd gay marriage case

There were fewer protesters for the second day of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage laws, but the crowds still filled the foot of the Supreme Court's steps, where they waved flags, chanted and held up signs for their cause. Rulings could come sometime this summer. ... Read more»0

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