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Analysis

Understanding immigration federalism in the U.S.

Over the past few years, the pendulum of state action on immigration has swung from punitive laws to positive laws that seek to integrate immigrants and mitigate the harsh effects of enforcement.... Read more»

House Dems trying to force immigration reform vote

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. ... Read more»

Activists chart alternative course for immigration reform

Backlash against get-tough immigration laws like SB 1070 led to a climate that makes it possible to push for alternative immigration reforms, activists said, including in-state tuition and driver's licenses. Those plans were attacked by critics as "practically amnesty." ... Read more»

150 immigration activists demonstrate at San Diego crossing

Nearly 150 people attempted to cross the port of entry near San Diego as part of protest against U.S. immigration policy on Monday.... Read more»

Advocates stage mock election in Capitol for immigration reform

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: 'El Chapo' escaped in a laundry cart?

In this edition of Sonoran Ramblings, we're looking at sub-par U.S. reporting on the capture of "El Chapo," lackluster coverage of Operation Streamline, a recent fatal Border Patrol shooting, and an LA Times story on a previously undisclosed report on the agency's use of force policy. ... Read more»

Observers tracking Border Patrol stops at Arivaca checkpoint

Arivaca residents, frustrated with a border checkpoint they say is intimidating and intrusive, have launched a new program that will track stops by U.S. border agents near the town. "It was supposed to be temporary, and years later, it’s still here and every year, they add something to make it ever more permanent," an observer said.... Read more»3

Immigration reform groups urge Obama to act alone

As Republican lawmakers seek to rein in the president's executive authority, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes. ... Read more»

Campaign seeks to boost Latino coverage under Affordable Care Act

Millions of uninsured Latinos would benefit from the Affordable Care Act, but many incorrectly assume that coverage is too expensive and that enrolling would put relatives in the country illegally at risk for deportation, a White House official said Monday.... Read more»

Poll: Immigration reform and border security get equal weight

Americans' attitude about border security and immigration reform have flipped since 2011, and increasingly border security may be taking a backseat to reform. ... Read more»

Arizonans among those arrested at White House immigration rally

Herminia Gallego and Gerardo Torres have seen so many friends and family arrested on immigration charges that the Arizona residents decided it was time to take action – by getting arrested themselves. They were among the 32 protesters arrested Monday outside the White House at a rally urging President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations of all immigrants.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The next 'wave' of concern will be gray, not brown

Just a few years ago, of course, our state gained international fame for its highly vocal stance – if a bit late and somewhat unconstitutional – against the wave of immigrants who were said to threaten our prosperity, burden our public budgets and fundamentally change our way of life. Turns out we might have been worrying about the wrong wave.... Read more»4

Court orders new sentence for Guatemalan caught re-entering U.S.

An appeals court ordered a new sentencing for a Guatemalan man who was caught trying to re-enter the U.S. in 2011 after being deported once for an earlier conviction in Delaware of a sex offense. ... Read more»

Commentary

Immigration reform: Disaster for agriculture or proof of brutality of current system?

A study released earlier this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impact of various types of immigration reform on the agricultural sector wants the reader to conclude that an enforcement-only approach to immigration would mean economic disaster. But the agricultural industry only survives in its current form thanks to massive (albeit invisible) subsidy from a work force that cannot be described as free,... Read more»

Lawmakers see little hope for action on immigration reform

Another immigration reform plan was unveiled last week by House Republican leaders, but members may be reluctant to sign on during an election year. The six-point plan unveiled last week by House Republican leaders includes calls for tougher border security, a revamped visa system and “no special path to citizenship” for immigrants who are here illegally.... Read more»

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