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Contempt trial begins for ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard-line stand against illegal immigrants, willfully violated a judge's order stemming from a racial profiling case, a federal prosecutor said on Monday as trial opened in Arpaio's contempt of court trial.... Read more»

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Prezelski: Count me 'Yes, but' on civility

I’m always a little bit wary when I hear calls for civility in politics. It's an easy stance after an ugly political incident. Do I want our political debates to sound like pro-wrestling ring interviews? Of course not. It’s just that I question the need for “civility” to be the number-one watchword in our civic life.... Read more»

Ducey touts value of Mexico trade, hopes to be in any negotiations

Gov. Doug Ducey told a U.S.-Mexico diplomacy conference Wednesday that maintaining good trade between the countries is important, and he expects the state to have a “seat at the table” in any upcoming trade negotiations.... Read more»

Grijalva slams Trump's 'voter fraud' commission as Orwellian

Tucson Democrat Raul Grijalva said President Trump's announcement of a "Commission on Election Integrity" is "straight out of an Orwell novel." Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that illegal voting played a significant role in the 2016 election, named VP Pence and "voter ID" advocate Kris Kobach to the panel.... Read more»

Phoenix council rejects bid to become 'sanctuary city'

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a bid to declare the large southwestern U.S. municipality a "sanctuary city" despite vocal cries to protect undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

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Fimbres: Tucson long a 'welcoming' city

"What your community has stood for: I am glad to remind our citizens that their city has been on the forefront of protecting civil rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation."... Read more»

As Trump goes into office, Tucson protestors push for 'sanctuary city' declaration

Following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday, around 200 people marked the occasion by marching to Tucson's City Hall, demanding the mayor and City Council declare Tucson a "sanctuary city," which includes issuing municipal IDs for unauthorized immigrants, refusing to work with immigration officials, and setting up a legal fund.... Read more»

Judge orders criminal contempt trial for Sheriff Arpaio

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Maricopa lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.... Read more»

Supreme Court begins term with relatively few Arizona cases – so far

The high court began its new term this week with one judgeship empty for the first time in a generation, and just one Arizona case on the docket for the first time in several years.... Read more»

Advocates, Arizona settle federal lawsuit over SB1070

Advocates and Arizona officials have agreed to restrict the remaining parts of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, ending a lawsuit that began in 2010. Police officers cannot prolong a stop solely to conduct immigration checks and cannot use race or ethnicity as a basis to suspect that someone is in the country without authorization. ... Read more»1

ACLU alleges Tucson police unconstitutionally detain immigrants

After reviewing more than a year's worth of Tucson police records, the ACLU said that officers were prolonging traffic stops to investigate drivers' immigration status by holding them until Border Patrol agents arrive, violating the civil rights of immigrants and the department's own policies.... Read more»1

In Arizona, Cruz vies with Trump on immigration

As the presidential race again turns West, Ted Cruz is zeroing in on what has become the defining issue of the Republican nominating process: illegal immigration. On Friday, that renewed focus brought the U.S. senator from Texas to Arizona.... Read more»

Judge upholds 'papers, please' provision of SB 1070

A federal judge upheld the "papers, please" provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law, rejecting claims that it discriminates against Hispanics. But Judge Susan Bolton issued a permanent injunction blocking part of the law that barred stopping a vehicle to hire day laborers.... Read more»

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Arizona Dreamers smiling for driver's license photos

It’s not every day someone looks forward to going to MVD, but Monday was different for many Arizonans. That’s because Arizona Dreamers qualifying under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the first time could apply for an Arizona driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Division.... Read more»2

'Dreamers' begin getting Az driver's licenses

For Erick Lizarraga, 18, getting a driver's license means a little more freedom and a little less fear. Until last week, he was one of 22,000 "Dreamers" in Arizona, granted a work permit under President Obama's 2012 decision to grant deferrals to young people, but unable to legally drive in the state.... 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»

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