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Only 1/2 of eligible immigrants have applied for deferred action

A year after the Obama administration said it would defer deportation of immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, only about half of eligible Arizonans have applied for the program. Nationally, an estimated 59 percent of eligible immigrants have applied to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: How new election laws affect voters

Interviews with Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Tucson City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, and Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma... Read more»

U.S. House bill sets up immigration fight

The barrier that divides the U.S. House and Senate plans for immigration reform looms as large as the double-layered border fence that lines much of the Texas-Mexico border.... Read more»

ICE director leaving post in July

The director who has overseen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a period of increased deportations is resigning from his post. John Morton, who has been in charge of the chief investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security since his confirmation in 2009, will return to the private sector at the end of July.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: On the cusp of immigration reform?

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Vince Rabago and Bruce Ash. Then a newsmaker interview with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.... Read more»

Marco Rubio: Immigration reform bill almost 'ready to go'

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said on Sunday that 95 percent of the comprehensive immigration reform bill is “ready to go” but he is still pushing for more border security measures. Rubio dismissed concerns from conservative critics that he’s been too soft on immigration and was manipulated by Democrats in the group steering the legislation.... Read more»3

Babeu urges House to reject Senate immigration bill, focus on security

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu dismissed a U.S. Senate immigration reform bill Thursday, urging House members to back an alternative plan instead that focuses on law enforcement and gives more authority to local police.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: TUSD superintendent candidates down to one

Interviews with TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Tucson developer Richard Studwell, and Lea Marquez Peterson, CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Bordering on the truth: Myths and facts about immigration

During Congress’ current debate about immigration reform, the realities faced by immigrants and border communities are all too often misunderstood and misrepresented. What are the facts about border issues?... Read more»2

Report: Border death rate spiking, despite drop in crossings

The death rate among migrants in Southern Arizona has “increased exponentially” since the early 2000s, despite an overall decrease in illegal border crossings, a report released Wednesday said.  In 2011, the rate of bodies found in the desert was double that in 2009,  compared to the number of border crossers caught.... Read more»3

Advocates say path to citizenship is path to brighter economy for all

Immigration advocates released a study of Latino banking habits Tuesday that they said supports the case for a pathway to citizenship, which they said in turn opens the door to greater economic prosperity for all.... Read more»1

Report: Immigrants increasing economic strength

Since the 2010 U.S. census, the number of naturalized citizens has increased substantially in Texas, and the state’s immigrants account for significant purchasing power and economic output, according to an analysis by a Washington-based think tank urging immigration reform.... Read more»5

Study: Immigrants contribute more to Medicare than they take out

As Congress mulls changing America’s border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare’s finances, because they contribute tens of billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.... Read more»1

Detained immigrants increasingly hit with criminal charges

The U.S. government now brings federal criminal charges against undocumented immigrants at an exponentially higher rate than it did 10 years ago, finds a Human Rights Watch report released last week. The result is a much high number of detained immigrants spending time in jail before deportation and for many, exclusion from future legalization under immigration reform legislation.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Garcia: Immigration reform passes major milestone

There is the pathway to citizenship – and then there is the bumpy, bone-jarring road that comes before undocumented immigrants can even begin to take their first step on what likely will be at least a 13-year journey.... Read more»4

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