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Court upholds Az law denying bail to suspected illegal immigrants

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld an Arizona law that prohibits bail for suspects in some criminal cases if the court believes the defendant is in this country illegally.... Read more»2

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»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Sunnyside's Isqueirdo facing opposition

Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal on producing the play "8," plus Sunnyside Governing School Board member Buck Crouch, and developer Richard Studwell.... 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

For kids with dads here illegally, Father’s Day can be harrowing holiday

Jennifer Briones’ family usually gathers for a barbecue in the park for Father’s Day, but the 16-year-old Phoenix resident said she will likely find something else to do if the family gets together this weekend.... Read more»

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: Senate sends Medicaid expansion to Brewer

Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans.... Read more»

The top 5 reasons why immigration reform in 2013 Is different than in 1986

The specter of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, has haunted every immigration-reform effort over the past few decades and continues to influence the 2013 reform debates.... Read more»4

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

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az House panel kills Medicaid expansion ... for now

Democratic state Sen. Steve Farley, Ken Strobeck of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Kieth, Republican strategist Sam Stone, and developer Richard Studwell.... Read more»

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

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