Strict enforcement laws like SB1070 sprang from widespread sentiment that the federal government refuses to untangle the illegal immigration mess, leaving states to bear the brunt of its fiscal and societal costs and compelling them to adopt a patchwork of laws to confront the problem.Read More »
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WASHINGTON _ A group of Arizona students went door-to-door asking friends and businesses for funds to help them take a message to Congress: They want to continue their education here in the country they have always known as home.Read More »
Maricopa County officials have completed an initial check of recall petitions targeting Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce. And they have verified there's more than enough valid signatures to force a special election that could oust the Mesa Republican.Read More »
Something’s gotten into the water at the state Capitol.
Republicans — specifically one out of southern Arizona — want more government control by taking power away from the people of Arizona. In the Arizona Capitol Times May 27 article “Fit to be tied: Republican lawmakers say Prop. 105 too restrictive,” Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista (District 25), said he is vying to put legislation back on the agenda next year to limit voters’ decision-making power.
For years, the Catholic clergy in Arizona has been among the most prominent religious organization opposing various anti-illegal-immigration measures at the Capitol. With the Mormon church’s statement, and a similar one from the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholics now have new allies.Read More »
On June 10, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement on immigration that called on its members to follow the law – and also to view the immigration debate that is roiling in many parts of the country through the prism of compassion. The statement reads:Read More »
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently joined an increasingly loud chorus of voices calling for a nuanced and humane solution to this complex problem.
The church boasts a perceived conservatism and politically prominent members, but how the LDS statement will precisely influence immigration legislation remains to be seen.
A report by American Civil Liberties Union criticizes living conditions and policies for immigrants at detention centers in Pinal County.Read More »
An Arizona sheriff whose territory includes an 80-mile stretch of the U.S-Mexico border backed up Sen. John McCain's assertion that illegal immigrants are often responsible for setting wildfires.Read More »
Sen. John McCain says he's "puzzled" that there's a controversy surrounding remarks he made suggesting illegal immigrants were responsible for some of the massive wildfire in eastern Arizona.Read More »