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Dream Nine detainees escalate protest with hunger strikes

Organizers behind the Bring Them Home campaign which led to the apprehension of nine protesters in Nogales said that hunger strikes over phone access have led to solitary confinement for the detainees.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

First step toward immigration reform: Define ‘secure border’

How "secure" is secure when discussing the U.S.-Mexico border? It is that very definition – or rather, lack thereof – that is among the top sticking points thwarting efforts to resolve the congressional stalemate on immigration reform. ... Read more»1

Factcheck

Steve King's 'thin air' stat on drug-smuggling immigrants

Rep. Steve King attracted attention — and criticism from Republican leaders — for saying of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children: “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there ... hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” King later told CNN that he had data to back up his claim, saying, “This isn’t something made up in thin air.” But, so far, he hasn’t produced any such information.... Read more»

Ministers from Arizona, other states, lobby for immigration reform

Rev. Eve Nunez cried Thursday as she told a Capitol Hill audience that “it hurts to be a pastor” in Arizona, where ministers often have to help families that have been separated by deportation. Nunez, the president and founder of the Arizona Latino Commission, was one of dozens of faith leaders in Washington to lobby for immigration reform and an end to deportations in the meantime.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: State election laws face challenges

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr.... Read more»

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

Key opponents of gun control and proponents of immigration reform invested unprecedented amounts lobbying Congress this spring, bucking a downward trend among many of the nation’s largest companies and nonprofits,newly released records show.... Read more»

Immigrants bring fight to White House, demand end to deportations

Katherine Figueroa was 9 and watching television reports of a workplace raid in Phoenix when she saw video of her parents being hauled away by sheriff’s deputies. They were eventually released, but the episode was jarring enough that Katherine, now 13, and her parents traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers and rally with others Wednesday outside the White House against further deportations.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court refuses Clean Elections case

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, interim Clean Elections head Daniel Ruiz, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, commentator Emil Franzi, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Good News Communications GM Doug Martin.... Read more»

Factcheck: Spitzer's false claim on licenses for immigrants

Eliot Spitzer falsely claimed that allowing immigrants living in the United States illegally to obtain driver’s licenses is now the “law of the land.” Forty states, including New York, do not currently issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. It is true, however, that the policy has been spreading rapidly in recent months.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Kromko on failed red-light petitions

Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker, Director of the Supportive Services to Veteran Families Program at the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter Mary Laughbaum, President and CEO Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer, TUSD Boardmmber Mark Stegeman, petition organizer John Kromko, developer Richard Studwell... Read more»

Eight Mexicans rescued by Border Patrol, another migrant dies in desert

Eight Mexican nationals were rescued on Thursday night near Sells by Border Patrol agents after being abandoned by their smuggler and becoming lost in the desert. One other migrant died before the group called 911.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima County looking for input on bond projects

Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, executive assistant to the Pima County administrator Nicole Fyffe, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, and Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima Animal Care Center needs your help

Tucson DUI attorney Jim Nesci, Democratic state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2), Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel, and Barbara Brown, chairwoman of the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Rio Nuevo District making progress

Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Rio Nuevo Boardmember Alberto Moore,TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, attorney Jeff Rogers.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tracking Tucson-Phoenix passenger rail

Attorney John Munger, state Sen. Linda Lopez, Tucsoncitizen.com administrator Mark B. Evans, former Pima County Democratic Party chairman Paul Eckerstrom... Read more»

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