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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»

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»

City Council sets new priorities for TPD enforcement of SB 1070

The City Council unanimously approved limits on the ability of Tucson police to question the immigration status of those they encounter, while also creating new reporting requirements for the department during a special study session on Wednesday. ... Read more»2

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Hart: 'Bama follows Az footsteps on immigration

Arizonans who still take pride in our state for leading the national charge against undocumented immigration might want to take a quick glance over their shoulders. Where'd our followers go?... Read more»

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

Avoiding immigration confrontations, TPD changing turn-over tactics

Last month's immigration protest may have pushed Tucson police to use courts as hand-off points when turning arrestees over to immigration officials. A man arrested Friday after being pulled over for expired tags was released after a hearing Saturday, but immediately taken into federal custody and may face deportation.... Read more»

Facing deportation, activist has no regrets

Even before a judge confirmed Wednesday what Edgar Torres Hernandez knew was coming — that he would soon be deported to Mexico — Torres remained confident that his controversial actions were the right thing to do. In September, Torres joined the so-called DREAM 34, a group of deported undocumented immigrants who had once lived in the U.S and marched to the Laredo port of entry to say U.S. immigration policies are unfair and to seek political asylum.... Read more»

Border mayors: Economics ignored in immigration debate

While immigration reform remains stalled in the House of Representatives, border mayors and experts noted Monday that the economic importance of reform shouldn't be shadowed by security arguments. "We’re in desperate need of new ports of entry," said the mayor of Douglas during a discussion on the issue in Tucson.... Read more»

Grijalva, Barber to join mayor at immigration reform review

Proponents of immigration reform will discuss the prospects for legislation at a symposium Monday night. U.S. Reps. Ron Barber and Raul Grijalva will join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and a panel of experts to review the status of a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: 24th Annual All Souls Procession this Sunday

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, talk show host Emil Franzi, Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, and Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans... Read more»

Sister of CBP Az head pleads guilty to human smuggling

The sister of the top-ranking U.S. Customs and Border Protection official in Arizona pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling an immigrant through a Border Patrol checkpoint near Tucson in the car she was driving, her defense attorney said.... Read more»

PCC, Horne trade letters over tuition for deferred-action students

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who has built his political base with hardline rhetoric on illegal immigration, is questioning a move by Pima Community College to grant in-state tuition to students who have been granted "deferred action" status. PCC has 155 students covered by the tuition policy; the school has 27,000 students. ... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Kirkpatrick on business backing for immigration reform

Interviews with U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer, Tucson Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce President Lea Marquez Peterson, Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker, and Washington D.C. commentator Jimmy Zuma.... Read more»

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