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Trump vows Census will ask citizenship; critics decry 'scare tactics'

President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that his administration is “absolutely moving forward” with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory Thursday to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in lower courts if it wants to include the question.... Read more»

Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. ... Read more»1

Ballot harvesting law could impact Latinos and seniors

The new Arizona law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers doesn’t take effect until November’s election, but voter outreach groups are already planning for the change they fear will affect voting by Latinos and the elderly. ... Read more»1

Seeking more impact at polls, Az groups working to register Hispanics

With the general election approaching, Mi Familia Vota and 11 other organizations that are part of the coalition One Arizona are trying to get Hispanics to commit to voting and get them on the permanent early ballot list. Their goal: turning this demographic’s numbers – an estimated 30.3 percent of all Arizonans – into voting power.... Read more»1

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the "far-left" scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was "honored" by his perfect score. ... Read more»2

Poll: Az elections will turn on immigration reform

With the Hispanic population in Arizona growing, a report from a lobbying group said that the future of the Republican party in the state hinges on the passage of immigration reform.... Read more»

Commentary

Notes from the Fast for Families tent

Though the Fast for Families tent sits in the shadow of the Capitol on the National Mall, entering it is a decidedly non-Washington experience. At first, I wondered if fasting could actually influence the legislative progress. Who would listen? But now it’s been a month since the fast began, and its impact on the reform movement and on me has been profound and—I suspect—permanent.... Read more»

This hunger is no game: Phoenix man fasting to force immigration reform

Visitors to a tent on the National Mall occasionally have to lean in close so they can understand what Phoenix resident Cristian Avila is saying. Avila is one of five protesters who stopped eating Nov. 12 and in an effort to force congressional action on stalled immigration reform legislation. They have vowed to continue their fast until the House acts.... Read more»1

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

Rejected ballots document problems in Az elections

Tens of thousands of ballots cast in Arizona’s 2012 election were rejected by elections officials, indicating continued communication and voter education problems in the state, according to an analysis of rejected ballots and interviews with elections experts and legislators.... Read more»

Democrats, activists raise red flags over GOP election bills

Republican lawmakers’ attempts to address the myriad problems that came up during last fall’s election are being met with skepticism from Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups.... Read more»

Analysis: High minority precincts cast more provisional ballots

A Cronkite News Service analysis of national and state data found that Arizona voters living in precincts with higher percentages of minorities had a greater chance of casting provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 election. ... Read more»1

Advocacy groups looking to early ballots to boost Latino votes

Groups out to boost voting by Latinos in Arizona are combining classic get-out-the-vote tactics with a push for casting early ballots.... Read more»

New voting rules make getting Latinos to polls harder than ever

Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Latinos will turn 18 years old. With that many new eligible voters and dramatic population growth expected, Latinos could dominate voting in the Southwest, particularly Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. (with videos)... Read more»3