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Open Letter to Corporation Commission Candidate Barry Wong

Dear Mr. Wong: To say that I was shocked and dismayed to read in Wednesday's Arizona Republic of your proposal to deny utility services to illegal immigrants would be an understatement. Your cynical attempt to ratchet up the rhetoric over immigration to score cheap political points in a bid for office marks a new low in our state's immigration debate.

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Federal courts need $40M for Obama border plan (access required)

President Barack Obama's $600 million border security plan seems to have it all: More than 1,000 agents, seven gunrunner teams, five FBI task forces and more prosecutors and immigration judges. But it doesn't include $40 million to help the already overwhelmed federal courts along the U.S.-Mexico border that will likely be inundated with additional drug and other criminal cases.

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Scared at school

Hispanic parents across the state are worried that police officers stationed at schools - whose mission is to become a role model to the students and foster a sense of trust between children and police - will start treating students like suspected law-breakers, after Arizona's new immigration law goes into effect.

Schools are doing their best to downplay the possibility of such a scenario. But the bill’s authors say police officers in Arizona are required to investigate potential state immigration crimes, no matter what beat they're working.

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