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Clergy v. S1070 (access required)

When religious groups speak out on public policy, many Arizona lawmakers listen closely - except when it comes to immigration issues.

Collaboration during the past few years between faith-based lobbyists and lawmakers who say religious doctrine is the core of their political ideology has led to new state laws restricting abortion, boosting enrollment in private schools and banning gay marriage.

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Brewer, Obama look for upper hand on immigration

When Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama sat down at the White House June 3, both sides looked forward to a frank discussion about Arizona's harsh new anti-illegal immigration laws, while simultaneously hoping to calm tempers that have flared after the bill passed.

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Immigration jeopardizes Obama’s ‘Win the West’ strategy

Thousands of people rallied at the Arizona Capitol last month to protest the signing of S1070, Arizona’s new immigration law. Despite the public outcry, though, the law is supported by an overwhelming percentage of Arizonans, and President Obama’s opposition to the law may hurt his image in the state.

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Pearce’s contempt for immigration attorneys misplaced

In response to Sen. Russell Pearce’s claims in the Arizona Capitol Times (May 17, 2010, “Trespassing law may turn more illegal immigrations into citizens”) that immigration attorneys ‘tie up the system or play games” or “fabricate and exaggerate issues” in immigration court proceedings, he grossly exaggerates our ability to manipulate a well-established, yet arguably broken immigration judicial system.

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