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Medical examiner's unique technique helps ID desert dead

Arizona’s climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert.... Read more»

Man shot, killed in struggle with Border Patrol

A man was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday night during a struggle in Cochise County near the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday.... Read more»2

Analysis

5 major immigration laws that House passed in an election year

Over the past few months, we have seen a slew of news stories predicting what will happen with immigration reform in 2014, after the Senate passed a strong bipartisan reform bill last year, but the House failed to act. While these analyses differ in their predictions, most agree that the path from bill to law becomes more difficult in an election year.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: Cocaine is evil?, border artists & Israel immigration

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at a recent Slate piece on cocaine trafficking, a New York Times piece on artists living in the Texas-Mexico borderlands, and the recent protests of undocumented Africans living in Israel. ... Read more»

Year in review: Little movement on immigration reform

The big news on the immigration front in 2013 is what didn’t happen. Advocates for reform, including the immigrant community, law enforcement, and business and faith-based leaders, hoped this was the year for a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. They argued that the anti-immigrant rhetoric on the 2012 campaign trail had energized Democrats and rattled moderate Republicans, who they hoped would take action on immigration reform for the first time since 1986.... Read more»

More than 368,000 deported from U.S. in FY 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday announced that it deported 368,644 undocumented immigrants from the country during the 2013 fiscal year. That’s a decrease from the 409,849 removals in 2012. But that didn’t stop advocates for immigration reform from immediately criticizing the president for his administration’s continued record-setting deportations.... Read more»1

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: Digging into border news

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, we’re looking at a major Arizona Republic investigation into Border Patrol’s use of force policies, new data on BP abuse of migrants, and a recent KGUN “report” on border security.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Will 2014 be the year for real immigration reform?

An interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Also, we talk Wildcat football and basketball with Anthony Gimino, sports contributor for the Buckmaster Show and TucsonCitizen.com.... Read more»

Commentary

Notes from the Fast for Families tent

Though the Fast for Families tent sits in the shadow of the Capitol on the National Mall, entering it is a decidedly non-Washington experience. At first, I wondered if fasting could actually influence the legislative progress. Who would listen? But now it’s been a month since the fast began, and its impact on the reform movement and on me has been profound and—I suspect—permanent.... Read more»

Little-known visa for trafficking victims is chronically underused

Visas to enter the U.S. are typically a hot commodity: The government stopped taking applications for its 2014 allotment of 65,000 H-1B work visas after just four days, for example. But not the T-visa. Of the 50,000 T-visas that have been offered over the last 10 years, the government has issued only 6,206 of the little-known visas meant to protect victims of human trafficking and their family members.... Read more»

Capitol Hill staffer quits job to fight mom’s deportation in Arizona

Erika Andiola came to Washington expecting it would be the place to make a difference in the immigration reform fight – until the immigration fight hit closer to home. Andiola on Wednesday said she quit her job in the office of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to go home and focus on fighting the deportation of her mother.... Read more»

Phx hunger-striker breaks fast after 22 days, but protest continues

After 22 days with no food as part of an immigration reform protest, Phoenix resident Cristian Avila broke his fast Tuesday and was sent to a Washington-area hospital for a checkup. Avila was one of four hunger strikers who had been living and fasting in a tent on the National Mall in hopes of compelling congressional action on immigration reform.... Read more»1

This hunger is no game: Phoenix man fasting to force immigration reform

Visitors to a tent on the National Mall occasionally have to lean in close so they can understand what Phoenix resident Cristian Avila is saying. Avila is one of five protesters who stopped eating Nov. 12 and in an effort to force congressional action on stalled immigration reform legislation. They have vowed to continue their fast until the House acts.... Read more»1

E-Verify security tightened to deter ID theft

The federal government’s system of verifying work eligibility has tightened security, adding the ability to “lock” suspicious Social Security numbers in an effort to combat identity theft. The E-Verify system, run by the Department of Homeland Security, now allows officials to “lock a SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further potential misuse.”... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az basketball lands 5-star recruit Stanley Johnson

Interviews with civic leader Pat Darcy, Tucson Hispanic Chamber CEO Lea Marquez Peterson, Tucsoncitizen.com sportswriter Anthony Gimino, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, and state Sen. Linda Lopez.... Read more»

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