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The two founders of Eventkey, Perry Waxman (left) and Rafael Testai, hold a sign demonstrating the app they created, which helps event attendees network at events by displaying each person’s background and contact information.

Under yellow tea lights in the backyard of a house-turned-office space in north Phoenix, Latino startup owners discussed a major parallel between being an immigrant and an entrepreneur: taking a risk for a better future. Read more»

Wholesum General Manager Francisco Landell in one of the greenhouses he oversees in Immuris, Mexico, where the organic produce company grows tomatoes.

What would a 20-percent tax on Mexican goods mean for cross-border agricultural businesses that supply grocery stores across the United States with fresh produce? Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva hosted a ‘listening session’ to discuss what the future of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security might look like under a Trump administration, in Tucson on Friday.

While the fanfare of Donald Trump’s inauguration engulfed Washington, D.C., in a swath of traditions and “Make America Great Again” hats on Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva watched the ceremony alone from his office a couple thousand miles away. Read more»

A Navajo County Sheriff reserve deputy fills out paperwork after pulling over a car and searching it for drugs on November 22, 2016 in Holbrook, Arizona. Navajo County uses forfeiture money to partially fund the salaries of its drug task force.

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent. Read more»

Concerns about voter fraud have spurred 20 states to pass new voting requirements in the last four years. Read more»

Prison rights advocates contend that the Arizona Department of Corrections isn’t fully utilizing the Prisoner Transition Program. Out of the 19,213 inmates released from state prisons in fiscal year 2014, 943 completed the program.

Advocates say the Prisoner Transition Program is being underutilized by the Arizona Department of Corrections even though it has been shown to reduce recidivism. Eligible inmates are released 90 days early if they participate. Read more» 1

Monica Alegria says she faces deportation because of shoddy work by someone claiming to provide expert help with immigration paperwork.

This common problem for immigrants is committed by individuals called notarios who falsely claim to have the qualifications to offer legal counsel or file paperwork related to immigration proceedings. As a result, immigrants often find out their paperwork was filed incorrectly, or not at all, after they’ve paid hefty legal fees. Read more»

Danna Whiting, Pima County behavioral health administrator, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that there are plenty of shocking examples of how the loophole addressed in a bill by Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, causes harm in the community.

Two state lawmakers are aiming to reduce recidivism with bills to provide more support for prisoners transitioning back into society and to allow more monitoring for those found mentally incompetent to stand trial. Read more» 1

Carolina Siulok Aguirre, a Kino Teen and senior at Lourdes Catholic School, assists at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Son.

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants. Read more»

Carolina and Arnold Catois run Cafe Paris in Scottsdale but face being deported because of their visa status. A bill before Congress would provide visas and a path to citizenship for entrepreneurs who meet certain conditions, including employing a set number of people.

A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years. Read more»