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Arizona helped deport thousands without new law

Without the benefit of their state's strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems.

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Vulnerable on the border (access required)

Long before the March murder of Douglas rancher Robert Krentz, southern Arizona ranch hands warned of the dangers presented by what they call the lax security of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Demonstrators engage in passionate debate

For Irene Chavez, a retired teacher from Fountain Hills, the battle against Arizona’s new immigration law is the new front of the civil rights movement. “We stepped back into the 1960s,” she told the Arizona Capitol Times outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

Inside, a judge heard arguments for and against S1070.

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