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Police: Sinema intentionally went into bathroom to dodge activists filming her at ASU

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

'Driving While Brown' and Arizona’s 'Latino resistance'

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»

Guest opinion

Feinman: In defense of the indefensible Kyrsten Sinema

"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

180,000 migrants picked up by Border Patrol in May; 38% had 'at least one prior encounter' this year

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»

Guest opinion

Romero: Voting bills would disenfranchise Arizonans

"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

Rogue columnist

Arizona in play? Dem hopes spring eternal

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»

Monday musings: Analysis

White flag flies over Ducey’s SB1070 attempt

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»

'Nothing to be afraid of’: Arizonans gear up for 2020 Census

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»

Ahead of ‘public charge’ change, advocates struggle to keep Hispanic families enrolled in 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»

Advocates aim to energize Latino voters, as their clout at polls grows

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»

Pima County families can spend $24k — often more than a year's earnings — to fight immigration cases

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

Report: Latino voters flexed muscle in 2018, set to be a force in 2020

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»

Tucson faces potential legal battle with state over 'sanctuary city' petition

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

MLK & impatience: Dubious sanctuary initiative seeks to create necessary 'tension'

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»

City atty: 'Sanctuary city' initiative may violate SB1070

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

Gallego: Hating Latinos and immigrants ‘one and the same’

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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