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DPS: State trooper wrong to say he 'smelled' undocumented migrants

The notable “odor” of people is not an acceptable factor law enforcement can use to establish reasonable suspicion that someone is a noncitizen, according to DPS, yet an April 17 incident report states "...I immediately smelled an odor that was consistent with smuggling of illegal aliens..."... Read more»

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Democrats pass independents, can’t overtake GOP in voter registration drive

Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years – but still failed to overtake Republicans in total number of registered voters.... Read more»

'Long time coming': Latino voters help flip Arizona, tighten key races

Latino voters fueled by the Trump administration’s failures to curb COVID-19 and the lingering impact of the anti-immigration law known as SB 1070 helped turn Arizona blue after decades of entrenched Republican rule, according to organizers who have spent years working toward this moment.... Read more»

Arizona law enforcement doesn’t reflect state’s diversity

Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.... Read more»

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... Read more»

Undocumented immigrants fear what Trump will do to 'sanctuary cities'

It’s not yet clear whether, or how, the Trump administration could make good on a promise to end "sanctuary cities." But the simple fact that he says he’ll try is enough to terrify many undocumented immigrants in Texas. ... Read more»1

Border Roundup: Feds debate border security, voter rights while border deaths rise

The Supreme Court heard arguments on one Arizona voter law while more are proposed at the Capitol, protestors weigh in on state laws, Homeland Security tries to define border security and updates on border crossers during a busy week for law enforcement.... Read more»1

Analysis

Top 10 reasons why it’s time for immigration reform

The president, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and the American people are all pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time to pass it. ... Read more»

Transcript & audio: Supreme Court SB 1070 hearing

Transcript and audio recording of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Arizona's SB 1070 immigration enforcement law.... Read more»

SB 1070 protests at Supreme Court colorful but civil

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday to make their voices heard as the justices weighed arguments on SB 1070.... Read more»1

Comic:

Immigration: New World Order

Was it something we said? For the first time since The Great Depression, more Mexicans are leaving the United States than entering.... Read more»

Arizona v. United States

Primer: SB 1070 heads to Supreme Court this week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in State of Arizona v. United States, which challenges the authority of a state to enact its own immigration enforcement laws.... Read more»

Comic: Immigration

Osama bin Laden's housewives

Once again, Gov. Jan Brewer is linked to Osama bin Laden.... Read more»

Analysis

Life as an undocumented immigrant

What happens to undocumented immigrants after the passage of anti-immigrant state laws such as Arizona's SB 1070? Many studies have focused on the economic ramifications of such legislation, but little has been done on the effects these laws have on everyday life.... Read more»1

Az's Senate Democratic leader offers plan to bar racial profiling

Taking a swipe at Arizona’s controversial law on illegal immigration, the state Senate’s top Democrat wants to ban racial profiling by law enforcement.... Read more»

Opponents say Ala.’s ‘Juan Crow’ law causes fear, anxiety

If the goal of state immigration laws was to make life so uncomfortable for illegal immigrants that they leave on their own, it may be working under HB 56 in Alabama.... Read more»2

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