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Special Series: An Ariz. Youth Fights for Immigrants and Families

  In 2012, Marco Mares was only a freshman in high school and already involved in Adiós Arpaio, a voter-registration and get-out-the-vote campaign designed to remove Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office because of his anti-immigrant efforts. At Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix, Marco recruited fellow students and held meetings to discuss how […]

Phoenix Mayor: U.S. Should Investigate Maricopa Voting Foul-Ups

Phoenix Mayor: U.S. Should Investigate Maricopa Voting Foul-Ups

PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Weiss stewed after waiting 2½ hours in line outside a downtown Phoenix polling place, where juice drinks, snacks and circus animal cookies were handed out by citizens hoping to pacify thousands who turned out to cast ballots in Arizona’s presidential primary. The scene was repeated Tuesday as thousands stood in lines […]

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Opinion: Education Works When Schools Truly Inform Parents

Last spring, the mother of an eighth grader living in a community just outside of Brownsville, Texas, went to the offices of her daughter’s school. A tall, strong and stern looking woman, the mother is a respectful, patient and kind person. After three trips to the office, the mother finally got an appointment with the […]

Police Officer in Texas to Be Fired After Fatal Shooting of Black Man

Police Officer in Texas to Be Fired After Fatal Shooting of Black Man

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man while helping serve an arrest warrant last month is to be fired, the department announced Tuesday.  “Officer John Lee has been issued a contemplated indefinite suspension for placing himself unnecessarily in a tactical situation wherein he felt compelled […]

A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas

A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas

Budget-oriented legislative sessions don’t garner nearly the same kind of headlines compared to those considering hot-button issues. However, the 2016 session for the New Mexico state Legislature does provide an opportunity to take a step back and consider how our state uses its resources toward eradicating poverty among our state’s families and children. When one […]

Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature made its latest foray into the immigration debate on Wednesday by giving initial approval to stiffer penalties for immigrants who break the law while in the country illegally, forbidding judges from giving them any leniency in the courts.  Arizona passed a series of immigration crackdowns last decade that culminated […]