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Arizona Legislature passes multi-pronged immigration bill

In the final moments before passing a sweeping immigration overhaul, Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa, made some predictions about his bill, S1070. "We'll have less crime. We'll have lower taxes. We'll have safer neighborhoods. We'll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We'll have smaller classrooms," the Mesa Republican said on the Senate floor on April 19.

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Sweeping immigration bill passes House; draws protests

Those opposing Sen. Russell Pearce's immigration crackdown bill listed their concerns April 13 on the Capitol lawn, just hours before the House is slated to debate and vote on the bill. The Arizona Interfaith Network, a group of local clergy, and the Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform (AZEIR) pointed out the problems they saw in the bill, highlighting the precarious position this puts law enforcement and local governments into, as well as the overall humanitarian rights trampling they see this bill promoting.

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Don’t rush a bad immigration bill

Every now and then a crisis emerges in which our response clearly displays what kind of people we are. Whether it is natural disaster or a man-made political crisis, our reaction sends an important message to others about our values, our sense of responsibility and how we solve problems.

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Sanctuary cities bill brings protestors to Capitol   (access required)

Nearly 100 people demonstrated in front of the Executive Tower today to advocate both for and against a bill that would alter laws related to illegal immigration.

Bill S1070, which has passed the Senate and is ready for debate in the House, would prohibit state and local governments from enacting policies that would conflict with federal immigration laws.

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