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Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration Squad

Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Disbands Immigration Squad

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office revealed late Wednesday that it was [...]
Thank a Worker This Holiday SeasonThe end of the year is here once again, and in what has become tradition throughout the United States, family and friends will gather this month to enjoy pleasant moments, food, smiles and conversations. Many people will engage in reflection, some deeper than others, on why they are thankful and what warrants their family’s gratitude. [...]
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Border Patrol: More Women Agents Wanted in SouthwestTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol is on a hiring spree for a very specific type of agent: a female one. Only 5 percent of its approximately 21,000 agents around the country are women, and the agency has long called this a problem. It is especially troublesome in the Southwest, where nearly 120,000 [...]
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Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome EveryoneEarly on an evening at the end of July, dozens of community members from Brownsville, Texas came together to begin to design a mural for the community clinic’s wall. The clinic’s pediatrician laid out the evening’s task. “We want to create a mural that says ‘welcome’ to everyone. What things should we think about painting?” [...]
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Ariz.’s Immigration Law Struck Down by U.S. JudgePHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s frustrations over federal enforcement of the state’s border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Now, the state’s experiment in immigration enforcement is falling apart in the courts. A ruling Friday that struck down the state’s 2005 immigrant smuggling law marks the [...]
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In Border Disaster, Advocates Seek Names of the DeadWith her daughter missing, Dalila can’t give up hope. “Sometimes I think … I’m going to find her alive, somewhere, where she might be recovering. A hospital, a shelter.” Dalila, who lives in Oregon and works as a cleaner, asked that her last name be withheld for safety reasons. She came to the U.S. on [...]
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Albuquerque Police to Make Reforms, Receive OversightALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico’s largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque’s police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. The deal announced Friday also orders the force to be independently monitored and calls [...]
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Texas Stories: Citizens Denied Right to Vote in 2014Editor’s note: These dispatches are from the voting rights team affiliated with the Brennan Center for Justice, which is based at New York University School of Law. Team members sent these reports from Texas. The Brennan Center’s report follows:  Voting took place across the country on Nov. 4, including in Texas, which has one of [...]
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Immigrant Workers Fight ‘Wage Theft’ in TexasWhen construction worker Jose Rivera opened his pay envelope, it was bad news. His employer had paid him only $100 for a 40-hour workweek. When he complained, the employer, a subcontractor, told him the contract for the job paid less, so workers had to accept less. Some of Rivera’s younger co-workers were so demoralized they [...]
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Arizona Opens Doors to Gay Marriage – a Major ShiftPHOENIX (AP) — Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something [...]
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