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Monitor order for Sheriff Arpaio draws criticism

After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, a handful of demonstrators showed up in Phoenix on Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

Immigration advocates push to keep focus on comprehensive reform

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform.... Read more»3

‘They ordered us to kill all the people’

Shaken by sobs, his head bowed, a former Guatemalan commando testified last week that he wept as he hurled a little boy to his death in a village well 31 years ago while a commanding officer, Lt. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes, snarled: “This is a job for men!” ... Read more»

U.S. House Democrats make new immigration push

As the federal government shutdown continued for a second day, congressional Democrats said they are looking to make sure comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t fall off the priority list, as they announced legislation on Wednesday that includes elements of a border-security measure backed by a key GOP leader.... Read more»

Border Patrol mission continues during shutdown, even if pay does not

The government shutdown is no shutdown for Border Patrol agents, whose law enforcement and life-saving duties do not take a hiatus – even though their pay might.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown shutters E-Verify

State law requires that Arizona businesses check the citizenship of new employees against the federal E-Verify database, but the service went dark Tuesday as part of the federal government shutdown. Many employers were surprised - and not sure what to do next. ... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: The future of Ronstadt Transit Center

Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, Founder of the Bus Riders Union Brian Flagg, President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lea Marquez-Peterson, Financial Adviser Shelly Fishman, DUI Defense Attorney Jim Nesci... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Bennett prepares for gubernatorial run

Economist Jim Rounds, developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and the chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, Don Jorgensen.... Read more»

Study: Undocumented immigration may be rising in Texas

While several other states have seen recent decreases in the number of undocumented immigrants residing within their borders, figures for Texas have remained the same or have possibly increased, a new report says.... Read more»3

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J.C. Scott: Farley holding health-care town halls

Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Insitute, Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, Pima County Bond Advisory Committee Chair Larry Hecker, state Sen. Steve Farley, Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times and Middle East expert Stephen Zunes... Read more»

Changing face of state seen at county level, where Hispanic numbers soar

Joe Garcia looks at the latest Hispanic population estimates for Arizona and comes to a simple conclusion. “It’s safe to say the face of Arizona is changing,” said Garcia, the director of the Latino Public Policy Center at Arizona State University.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Is government shutdown the answer?

Arizona Education Association head Andrew Morrill, talk show host Emil Franzi, former Pima Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Broadway Boulevard project discussed

Ron Spark and Laura Tabili of the Broadway Coalition Steering Committee, plus interviews with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, and Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Report: Border agents not properly trained in use of force

An inspector general's report released Tuesday showed that the Customs and Border Protection has not tracked allegations of excessive force by border agents, and that many agents did not understand policies on using force — including deadly force. ... Read more»

DREAMer stranded in Mexico after confusion at port

A mistake that left a deferred action beneficiary unable to re-enter the United States for weeks is being cited by immigration attorneys both as an example of confusion over certain laws and as a warning to those with a sensitive immigration status.... Read more»1

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