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Members of the Caravan for Peace protest in front of the offices of Maricopa County Sheriff  Joe Arpaio in 2012.

The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start - so find two people whose personal experiences virtually tell the story for you. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema at the 2019 Update from Capitol Hill hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Of course Sen. Sinema is horrible, and of course she will sip mimosas and let DACA recipients and the working class eat cake before lifting one bejeweled ring finger to help them. But nothing about this is new, and nothing about this is news." — Joel Feinman Read more» 2

A Border Patrol agent inside the tent meant for migrant children in Tucson.

Newly released data show that migrants were stopped 180,034 times across the southwestern border in May, and the majority were single adults who were immediately expelled from the United States under Title 42. Read more»

"While these bills vary in their substance, they all would have the same result of disenfranchising voters from our most fundamental democratic institution: our elections." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on proposed Arizona election laws. Read more» 1

Every election cycle since Bill Clinton carried Arizona in 1996, the narrative has gone like this: The state will change politically as newcomers bring their (more liberal) values. And thanks to Hispanics Arizona is on the cusp (always!) of becoming a purple or even deep blue electorate. Read more»

Jan Brewer and Doug Ducey speak at an 'ice cream social' campaign event in 2014, when Ducey was running for governor to succeed Brewer.

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning "sanctuary cities," breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate. Read more»

The Nonprofit and Community Organization Panel featured, from left, Lydia Guzman, director for advocacy and civic engagement of Chicanos Por La Causa; Elizabeth Wentz, director of Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at ASU; and Carla Vargas Jasa, president and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way.

Inaccurate Census figures can lead to a loss of federal funds essential for many communities, and they can result in a state losing seats in Congress. These worries are especially prevalent in Arizona, where there are considerable populations of immigrants and Native Americans. Read more»

Irene Cervantes brought her infant daughter to a presentation at Southwest School that included information about enrolling in public benefits.

Advocates nationwide have been sounding the alarm over a Trump administration change to the so-called “public charge” rule – guidelines used to determine whether immigrants seeking legal status are likely to be a burden on the country’s resources. The update allows immigration officers to consider applicants’ use of certain public benefits, including Medicaid, in deciding to grant green cards, visas and changes in residency. Read more»

From left, Sylvia Manzano of Latino Decisions and Clarissa Martinez and Janet Murguia, both of UnidosUS, unveil the multimillion-dollar civic engagement program they hope will boost Latino voter turnout in 2020.

Hispanics are expected to be the largest bloc of minority voters by the 2020 elections, but advocates say those numbers will be of little use if potential voters aren’t motivated to turn out at the polls. Read more»

A Mexican man waits for his appointment during a Keep Tucson Together event at Pueblo High School to get legal advice about his wife's immigration case.

Immigration arrests can cost Tucson families more than a year's wages in direct and indirect expenses, and more than half of these cases begin with a local law enforcement agency, a study found. Read more» 1

The Census Bureau reported this week that voter turnout was up across the board in 2018, but a new study of Latino voters in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Florida said their turnout was up sharply and contributed to Democratic advances in those states.

A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote. Read more»

A petition to declare Tucson a sanctuary city is being circulated for signatures, and if it becomes city code, it could conflict with the last vestige of Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 – the so-called “show me your papers” law. Read more»

Tucson activists are pushing for a ballot proposition emphasizing sanctuary and are told they are 'creating havoc.'

Activists are collecting signatures for Tucson "sanctuary city" initiative that may be counterproductive, ill-conceived, total folly, legally doomed — and yet remains exactly the right thing to do. Read more»

Protesters call for Tucson to become a sanctuary city during a 2017 demonstration in support of DACA.

As organizers circulate petitions to make Tucson a “sanctuary city," City Attorney Mike Rankin wrote that parts of the initiative are in “direct conflict “with Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, and would limit coordination with all federal law enforcement. Read more» 1

Rep. Ruben Gallego

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks Read more»

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