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5 facts to know about Obama's immigration announcement

Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first step but not a permanent solution.... Read more»

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By the numbers: New immigration policy may cover 100k-plus in Arizona

About four percent of Arizona’s population lives without legal status, but more than 100,000 of those people may be covered by new immigration policies announced Thursday by President Obama. While the state’s number of undocumented residents has dropped 40 percent over the past decade, many of the estimated 274,000 here will now be eligible to have deportation deferred.... Read more»

Analysis

How deferred action improved lives of undocumented youth

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has had an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people and their families, but more needs to be done.

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Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Factcheck: Biden's boasts

Biden was the keynote speaker at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development on Nov. 13. His comments centered on job opportunities and education, and they included some exaggerations.... Read more»

By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas’ agricultural, construction and service industries.... Read more»

Poll: Latino voters had immigration, jobs on their minds

Latino voters went to the polls Tuesday focused on immigration reform and jobs, according to a pre-Election Day poll of Latino voters across the nation and in 10 key states – including Arizona.... Read more»

FactCheck

Final week spin for campaign ads

With the midterm elections this week, many campaigns and outside groups are making their final appeals. And, as has been the case all election season, some of the claims miss the mark.... Read more»

Arizona schools look overseas for teachers to fill vacant positions

In Arizona, school districts look overseas to fill chronic vacancies that educators say are aggravated by lingering budget cuts.... Read more»1

Report: Latino voting power continues to increase in Arizona

Latino voters in Arizona are steadily increasing their impact on elections, according to a report released Thursday by the voter-registration group One Arizona.... Read more»

Autism, invisible disabilities are barriers to finding work

An advocate says that many times people with invisible disabilities choose not to disclose their conditions for fear of being stigmatized. On the other hand, employers oftentimes don’t value people with disabilities because they are fearful.... Read more»

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley’s percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures.... Read more»

Uninsured still know little about Obamacare as 2nd enrollment nears

Most of the uninsured know little about the online insurance marketplaces, or that financial help is available for those with low incomes. Almost nine of 10 uninsured Americans – the group most likely to benefit — don’t know that the law’s second open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, according to a poll released Tuesday.... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities.... Read more»

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