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Sonoran Ramblings: Digging into border news

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, we're looking at a major Arizona Republic investigation into Border Patrol's use of force policies, new data on BP abuse of migrants, and a recent KGUN "report" on border security. ... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Will 2014 be the year for real immigration reform?

An interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Also, we talk Wildcat football and basketball with Anthony Gimino, sports contributor for the Buckmaster Show and TucsonCitizen.com.... Read more»

Commentary

Notes from the Fast for Families tent

Though the Fast for Families tent sits in the shadow of the Capitol on the National Mall, entering it is a decidedly non-Washington experience. At first, I wondered if fasting could actually influence the legislative progress. Who would listen? But now it’s been a month since the fast began, and its impact on the reform movement and on me has been profound and—I suspect—permanent.... Read more»

Little-known visa for trafficking victims is chronically underused

Visas to enter the U.S. are typically a hot commodity: The government stopped taking applications for its 2014 allotment of 65,000 H-1B work visas after just four days, for example. But not the T-visa. Of the 50,000 T-visas that have been offered over the last 10 years, the government has issued only 6,206 of the little-known visas meant to protect victims of human trafficking and their family members.... Read more»

Capitol Hill staffer quits job to fight mom’s deportation in Arizona

Erika Andiola came to Washington expecting it would be the place to make a difference in the immigration reform fight – until the immigration fight hit closer to home. Andiola on Wednesday said she quit her job in the office of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to go home and focus on fighting the deportation of her mother.... Read more»

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

Guest opinion

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»

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