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Ariz. ID Laws Used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Review

Ariz. ID Laws Used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Review

PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for immigrants have urged a judge to shelve two Arizona ID theft laws that are the legal foundation for business raids by metro Phoenix’s sheriff. They argued on Thursday that the Legislature’s intent in passing the statutes wasn’t to confront identity theft but rather to combat illegal immigration. The state’s lawyers [...]
Immigrants in Ariz. Have Right to Bail, U.S. Court RulesPHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.  An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]
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Latino Student Can Return to U.S. — After AP Tells his StoryLOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — Only hours after the publication of an Associated Press story on his case Tuesday, the U.S. government issued a humanitarian visa enabling the return of a Harvard University student who broke immigration rules by taking his dying mother to Mexico. Dario Guerrero was born in Mexico and moved [...]
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Sexual Abuse Charges Leveled by Immigrants in TexasAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys representing women being held at a South Texas immigration lockup said Thursday they’ve filed a federal complaint alleging sexual abuse and harassment by at least three guards and facility staff members.  Detainees, whose children were staying with them at the 500-plus-bed immigration facility in Karnes City, have told lawyers with [...]
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‘Deporter-in-Chief’ Label Tagged on Obama in Chicago Area  Immigration reform is mired in Congress, and President Barack Obama has postponed announcing his executive actions until after the November elections. But deportations and complexities with the country’s immigration laws are felt daily, and activists, college students and families on Thursday wanted to let Obama know again – and directly – during a Chicago area [...]
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Central American Youth Can be ‘Refugees’ but With a CatchWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to [...]
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Border Patrol to Test Body Cameras on AgentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force. R. Gil Kerlikowske, Customs and Border [...]
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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for OnceA few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
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End Immigration ‘Holds,’ Ga. County Tells Sheriff  It was a local vote but social justice groups in the Atlanta area say it has national importance – and hopefully will help immigrant families stay together.  The Fulton County Board of Commissioners joined the growing number of local governments in calling on law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal immigration agencies over [...]
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Deportations Hit Lowest Since 2007 but ’2 Million’ is TrueWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The [...]
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