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The top 5 things the Senate immigration reform bill accomplishes

Today the Senate passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” with a strong bipartisan vote, 68-32. As amended in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the Senate, the bill is a strategic overhaul of our nation’s immigration laws.... Read more»

Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill; House next

"It's landmark legislation that will secure our borders and help 11 million people get right with the law," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of the bill. ... Read more»

House lawmakers grill Border Patrol, as Senate passes immigration bill

A House subcommittee grilled Customs and Border Patrol agents Thursday over Southwest border security, charging that agents cannot identify which areas of the border are most dangerous. “There’s no cookie-cutter approach” to securing the border, but different techniques applied in different sectors, said BP Chief Michael Fisher. What is effective in Yuma may not be effective in Nogales, he said.... Read more»3

Tucson activists: Immigration reform a 'jobs bill for the military'

Even as some advocates in Washington D.C. celebrated the U.S. Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill, the inclusion of new security requirements has prompted activists in the borderlands to protest the bill's passage. About 50 protestors gathered Thursday, calling it a "jobs bill for the military" and a "slap in the face" that will lead to an increase in civil rights abuses and more deaths along the border.... Read more»1

Senate passes immigration reform bill

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed its version of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that would pave the way for citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.... Read more»1

Mexico has something to say about U.S. fencing it off

After a long silence, Mexican officials are piping up about U.S. Congress' immigration reform plan because, as they see it, border fences don't work and crimp jobs and growth. ... Read more»1

Grijalva: Deaths will increase if border security ramped up

Saying billions included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill don't address relief and rescue needs, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva told the House on Wednesday that "if 6,000 people had perished in any other part of this world, we would be calling it a human rights and humanitarian crisis." (full video)... Read more»1

The facts on CBO’s immigration report

Two senators opposed to the Gang of Eight immigration bill are telling only half the story with their claims that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned the bill would be bad for wages and unemployment. That may be true over the next decade, but the CBO’s conclusion was just the opposite for the long term.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: No endorsement yet for 'Gang of 8' immigration bill

"I understand there is anticipation for me to take a position either endorsing or opposing the 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform bill. I have not endorsed or opposed the bill because I know it remains a work in progress."... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Modern streetcar update

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, President of the Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce Clarence Boykins, TucsonsSentinel.com Editor and Publisher Dylan Smith, documentarian Daniel Buckley, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

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»

Factcheck: A puffed-up appeal to job fears

A TV ad opposing the Senate immigration bill uses inflated numbers in an oversimplified, one-sided appeal to fears about job security.... Read more»

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»

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