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Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve U.S. citizens

The public’s view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not include U.S. Naval Academy grad Todd Britton-Harr, who was caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in south Texas in December 2010 hauling a trailer with 1,100 pounds of marijuana. It turns out that the Border Patrol catches more American citizens with drugs than it does Mexican couriers.... Read more»1

Gang of 8 senators: Immigration deal requires secured border

“We need to control the flow of people before we can bring people out of the shadows,” N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer said after a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday. A bipartisan group of senators called for more high-tech enforcement, but wouldn’t offer specifics on how to measure border security.... Read more»5

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»

Number of deferred action applications on the decline

After peaking in September, applications for deferred action have dropped off dramatically. Immigration attorneys think most eligible undocumented immigrants are in a wait-and-see mode amid the federal immigration reform debate.... Read more»

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Welcoming the newcomer: Faith groups rally religious on immigration reform

Advocacy around immigration reform continues to gain momentum, with bipartisan groups in Congress and President Barack Obama pushing to fix our nation’s immigration system and provide a road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Feds debate border security, voter rights while border deaths rise

The Supreme Court heard arguments on one Arizona voter law while more are proposed at the Capitol, protestors weigh in on state laws, Homeland Security tries to define border security and updates on border crossers during a busy week for law enforcement.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Want to extend your life? Don't smoke

An interview with Rev. Dr. Robin Hoover, founder of Humane Borders, plus Stephen Michael, director of the Arizona Smokers Helpline, and the Blogger Beat with David Safier of BlogForArizona.com.... Read more»

ICE director defends release of illegal immigrants

The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the decision to release more than 2,000 illegal immigrants last month, saying it was needed to keep the agency within budget. But John Morton conceded that eight high-risk inmates were mistakenly released.... Read more»1

Marchers: TPD should not call in Border Patrol

Demanding a change in Tucson Police Department policy, more than 200 people marched from Southside Presbyterian Church to TPD’s headquarters on Sunday afternoon.  Råul Alcarez Ochoa, an organizer of the march, believes that Tucson police are failing the community when they follow SB 1070’s requirement to determine the immigration status of those they arrest.... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

Researchers: Kids' mental health affected by deportation surge

An unprecedented surge in deportations in recent years has affected tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American children. The traumatic experience of losing a parent for an entire childhood is certain to have a profound impact on the mental health of these U.S. citizen children, according to researchers.... Read more»

Tucson tech could eye border from on high

Anchored within proposals for a new national immigration policy is a call for more high-tech security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Parts of that technology – including an 80-foot tower bristling with sensors and cameras – could be developed and tested at the UA Science and Technology Park.... Read more»

Border & immigration news roundup

Chavez dies, Mexican journalist killed, Brewer loses in court

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines... Read more»

Appeals court: SB 1070 day labor provisions unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law aimed at halting the hiring of day laborers are unconstitutional. The sections made it illegal to hire a person for work from a vehicle stopped in a roadway, or for a person to be hired in that manner.... Read more»1

Phx mayor: Break city's boom-and-bust economic cycle

Improving education, reforming immigration and creating a more welcoming business environment can help the nation’s sixth-largest city expand beyond an economy based on construction and real estate, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week.... Read more»

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