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Border & immigration news roundup

Chavez dies, Mexican journalist killed, Brewer loses in court

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines... Read more»

Appeals court: SB 1070 day labor provisions unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the parts of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law aimed at halting the hiring of day laborers are unconstitutional. The sections made it illegal to hire a person for work from a vehicle stopped in a roadway, or for a person to be hired in that manner.... Read more»1

Phx mayor: Break city's boom-and-bust economic cycle

Improving education, reforming immigration and creating a more welcoming business environment can help the nation’s sixth-largest city expand beyond an economy based on construction and real estate, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Border crossings up in Texas

Illegal immigrants may be crossing the border more in Texas than in Arizona; the GOP's shifting stance on immigration; and news from south of the border.... Read more»

Az lawmakers irked by feds’ release of 100s of illegal immigrants

Arizona Republicans blasted a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decision to release hundreds of illegal immigrants in anticipation of March 1 budget cuts, with one calling it “pure political posturing.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: GOP driven by ideology on immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform could go down as one of the most overlooked, overdue priorities Washington has ever let slide. But whatever Republicans might want to tell themselves, it’s not just immigrants who care about it. “Sorry about your childhood, but don’t come back until we lose a few more elections” is not a serious policy.... Read more»2

Napolitano: Homeland security must include cyberspace

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that cybersecurity has gone from a fringe issue to becoming one of the top priorities for her department going forward.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Is Senate immigration plan 'amnesty'?

Opponents of a bipartisan Senate immigration plan say it includes “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but that label is not strictly accurate. Although the plan includes a “path to citizenship,” it also requires illegal immigrants to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English and then get in line for permanent legal status behind other immigrants already in the system.... Read more»

Video: El Paso leaders: Commerce key to immigration reform

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., wade into discussion of immigration reform, some El Paso leaders are urging them to include commerce considerations in their talks about safety and security on the southern border, including improvements at ports of entry.... Read more»

Obama, McCain to meet on immigration reform

President Barack Obama will meet with Sen. John McCain and other lawmakers working on a bipartisan overhaul of the country's immigration system.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Immigration bill published amidst protests

Humanitarians along the border protested Operation Streamline; law enforcement reports meth (and chicken) seizures are up; rumors swirl around President Obama's immigration bill and the possible shooting death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán... Read more»

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Legal, civil rights groups urge a halt to Operation Streamline

Programs that fast-track illegal immigrants through the federal courts are costly, constitutionally questionable and are overburdening courts and should be done away with, civil rights and legal groups said Thursday.... Read more»1

Az Dems: SB 1070 harms individuals, economy

Republican leaders in the Senate and House are allowing Arizona’s people and economy to suffer by refusing to hear two bills that would repeal SB 1070, a Democratic state lawmaker said Thursday. Neither SB 1120, authored by Steve Gallardo, nor HB 2651, authored by Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson, were heard in committee.... Read more»1

Attorneys want fixes to legal immigration system, too

The debate over what to do with the estimated 12 million people living in the country illegally has dominated the discussion on comprehensive immigration reform. But attorneys say key fixes are needed to the legal immigration system as well.... Read more»

McCain in GV: Immigration reform requires secured border

Promoting immigration reform that requires more border security, including the deployment of fencing and technology used in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. Sen. John McCain spoke to an overflow crowd at a town hall in Green Valley on Tuesday.... Read more»

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