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Worsley: Decision to scrub immigration criticisms ‘probably backfired’ (access required)

Mesa Republican Bob Worsley admitted today that he likely made a mistake when he deleted his written criticisms of the state’s illegal immigration laws shortly after announcing he was running for the state Senate. But far from back-peddling, Worsley, who is running against former senator and immigration hawk Russell Pearce, said he believes the state suffers from immigration fatigue and should redirect its energy toward improving the economy.

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Report: Number of illegal immigrants in AZ dropped

A new report by the federal government estimates that the number of illegal immigrants living in Arizona has fallen by 200,000 since 2008. Experts say the primary factor behind the exodus was a lack of jobs during the recession, but also noted that tighter border enforcement and tough immigration laws were contributing factors.

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Pearce foe sanitizes anti-SB1070 comments

Hours after announcing he was running for a legislative seat that pits him against immigration hawk Russell Pearce, a prominent Mesa businessman deleted his comments from a church website that were critical of Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration laws.

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Lawmaker says she’s dropping illegal immigration-reporting bill

Leaders of border communities have persuaded a lawmaker to withdraw legislation that would have required the state to alert the public to dangers caused by illegal immigration. Rep. Peggy Judd, R-Willcox, made the decision after meeting Monday with a group including the mayors of Nogales and Douglas and a representative of a produce-growers organization.

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Border town leaders upset over warning bill

Leaders in some Arizona border communities have been stepping up their opposition to a bill in the Legislature that would require the state police director to "immediately warn" the public about dangers involving illegal immigration, possibly in emails or in social media.

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