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Special Series: Young Man Holds Vigil for Immigrants

Ricardo Zamudio looks like lots of other young men in America – big, brawny, and with a ready smile. The eldest of three children born to immigrant parents, he arrived in this country as a baby, worked hard in school and landed a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, a dream of thousands [...]
Officials: Attacked Immigrants Were Surrendering to AgentMISSION, Texas (AP) — An immigrant woman, her daughter and another girl who said they were kidnapped and assaulted by a Border Patrol agent were in the process of surrendering to the agent when their ordeal began, another Border Patrol agent and a federal law enforcement official said Friday. Agent Esteban Manzanares, who officials say [...]
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From the Scripture: Strangers, They are Hungry and AngelsFor those who live alongside a border, hospitality is at once a virtue and an expectation. The coming and going of strangers is, at the same time, exotic and normal. The sharing of bread is a necessity and a privilege. As a border resident, I enjoy learning new ways to practice hospitality. Recently, I was [...]
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Special Series: Undocumented Youth Builds CommunityUndocumented at a time when others with similar status were fleeing Arizona, Sergio Rodriguez chose to stay and fight, channeling his fear and frustration into voter-engagement efforts that registered thousands of other Latinos so that they could exercise their right to vote. In 2010, during the days after the anti-immigration bill SB 1070 became law [...]
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Texas Police Play Game: Snatch Homeless ‘Help’ SignsMIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn’t violate any city law. Nearly two months after the Midland Police Department learned of the game, the two officers were suspended for [...]
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Maura Rodriguez began volunteering at age 15, accompanying her mother in a door-to-door effort to organize fellow laundry workers in Phoenix. She watched, listened and quickly grasped the essentials. “I would say to people that César Chávez wouldn’t have fought so hard for a union if it wasn’t going to help the people,” Maura says. [...]
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Intense Criticism Precedes Veto of Ariz. Bill Affecting GaysPHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties. Loud cheers erupted outside the Capitol building immediately after Brewer made her announcement. “My agenda is to [...]
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Liberty? Or Hate? Ariz. Bill Affecting Gays Sparks DebatePHOENIX (AP) — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. Senate Bill 1062 has set off a political firestorm since the [...]
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Though he was born in California, Pedro Lopez spent most of his life in Colima, Mexico. In 2006, he returned to the U.S. – to Arizona – with his parents and entered high school as a freshman. In school, he worked hard, joined the Young Business Leaders of America program and thought he was headed [...]
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In El Paso, Border Complaints Drop – Thanks to OrganizingThe 2013 report from Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) lists about two dozen incidents involving questionable law enforcement actions, immigration matters and Latino residents who live in and around El Paso, Texas. As in: A person identified as “J.F.” reported on Feb. 20, 2013 that a police officer stopped him for a minor traffic [...]
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