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  • Jan Brewer Will Keep Using Term 'Illegal Immigrant'
    The Huffington Post By Roque Planas 4/22/13

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer doesn’t understand all the fuss about the term “illegal immigrant.”

    Brewer defended her use of the increasingly controversial term to describe undocumented immigrants during an interview with Jim Avila of ABC News posted to Yahoo on Monday.

    “To me they're illegal immigrants,” Brewer said when asked if she’d reconsidered her use of the term given that she governs a state where nearly a third of the population is Hispanic.

    Avila pressed her on the subject after she gave her first answer, saying that few people call those with traffic violations “illegal drivers.”

    “Well I’m sorry but I believe that if you break the law and you’re an illegal immigrant and you’re in this country illegally, that you are an illegal immigrant,” Brewer says. “We know they’re human beings, we know that they’re our brothers and our sisters, but we believe in the rule of law and we can’t afford it and we certainly can’t afford the criminal element, with Arizona having to deal with the drug cartels.”

    Brewer routinely conflates the issues of illegal immigration and violent crime. Crime statistics reported in USA Today and the Huffington Post, however, show that violent crime has dropped in recent years along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.

    The Associated Press abandoned the term “illegal immigrant” earlier this month, marking a major victory for Hispanic media organizations that argue the term criminalizes people rather than their actions and stigmatizes both immigrants and Hispanics.

    The massive wire service’s decision immediately sent ripples through the media. Within hours the New York Times announced that it would review its use of the term. USA Today, the country’s second-largest newspaper by circulation, followed in AP’s footsteps by abandoning the term a week later.
    Supreme Court to review tough state immigration laws, 3rd political case during 2012 campaign
    Mark Sherman, December 12, 2011 Associated Press

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court stepped into the fight Monday over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws — pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign.

    The court's election-year docket now contains three politically charged disputes, including President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and Texas redistricting.

    The debate over immigration already is shaping presidential politics, and now the court is undertaking a review of an Arizona law that has spawned a host of copycat state laws targeting illegal immigrants.

    The court will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked several provisions in the Arizona law. One of those requires that police, while enforcing other laws, question a person's immigration status if officers suspect he is in the country illegally.

    The case is the court's biggest foray into immigration law in decades, said Temple University law professor Peter Spiro, an expert in that area.

    The Obama administration challenged the Arizona law by arguing that regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states. Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah also are facing administration lawsuits. Private groups are suing over immigration measures adopted in Georgia and Indiana.

    "This case is not just about Arizona. It's about every state grappling with the costs of illegal immigration," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, said following the court's announcement Monday.

    Fifty-nine Republicans in Congress, including presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, filed a brief with the court backing the Arizona law.

    The immigration case, like the challenge to Obama's health care overhaul, pits Republican-led states against the Democratic administration in an argument about the reach of federal power. The redistricting case has a similarly partisan tinge to it, with Republicans who control the state government in Texas facing off against Democrats and minority groups that tend vote Democratic.

    In the immigration arena, the states say that the federal government isn't doing enough to address a major problem and that border states are suffering disproportionately.

    The issue has been widely discussed by the Republican candidates for president. They have mostly embraced a hard line to avoid accusations that they support any kind of "amnesty" for the some 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S.

    Newt Gingrich was most recently criticized by his opponents for saying he would grant legal status to some with longstanding family and community ties, and Gingrich has since endorsed the South Carolina law that allows police to demand a person's immigration status. That law is among the four state laws that have been challenged by the administration.

    Brewer signed the Arizona immigration measure into law in April 2010. The administration sued three months later to block it from taking effect.

    In April, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge's ruling halting enforcement of several provisions of the law. Among the blocked provisions: requiring all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers; making it a state criminal offense for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job and allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants.

    In October, the federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked parts of the Alabama law that forced public schools to check the immigration status of students and allowed police to file criminal charges against people who were unable to prove their citizenship.

    Lawsuits in South Carolina and Utah are not as far along.

    The administration argued that the justices should have waited to see how other courts ruled on the challenges to other laws before getting involved. Still, following the court's announcement Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "We look forward to arguing our point of view in that case when the time comes."

    Spiro, the Temple University immigration expert, said the court easily could have passed on the Arizona case for now. "They could have waited for the more extreme case to come from Alabama, which really outflanked the Arizona law," Spiro said.

    He predicted the court would uphold the police check of immigration status but perhaps not the measure making it a crime to be without immigration documents.

    Arguments probably will take place in late April, which would give the court roughly two months to decide the case

    Justice Elena Kagan will not take part case, presumably because of her work on the issue when she served in the Justice Department in the Obama administration.

    The case is Arizona v. U.S., 11-182.

    Arizona's request for border troops was denied
    Apr. 20, 2009 Associated Press

    Gov. Jan Brewer says the Department of Defense has effectively denied her request to send 250 additional National Guard troops to the Arizona-Mexico border to help authorities battle immigrant and drug smuggling and related violence.

    The governor told a U.S. Senate security committee meeting Monday in Phoenix that she was disappointed with the denial of her request to bring the number of troops at her state's southern boundary up to 400. One hundred fifty troops are already there as part of a long-standing border assistance program.

    The Bush administration sent thousands of Guard troops to the border to perform support duties so that federal border authorities would be freed up to focus on border security. Bush's buildup began in 2006 and ended last year.

    Immigrant college grads in legal limbo can't get jobs
    by Daniel González - Feb. 27, 2009, The Arizona Republic

    Undocumented, they pin hopes on DREAM Act

    In December, 11 undocumented-immigrant students who had been given private grants graduated from Arizona State University, some with honors.

    In May, nearly 40 more are expected to graduate, some with engineering degrees.
    Arpaio's immigration sweeps targeted in lawsuit
    by Mary Jo Pitzl - Jun. 8, 2008, The Arizona Republic

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's continuing and controversial crackdown on illegal immigration and the federal program that lets him identify and arrest undocumented immigrants is a financial and public-safety failure, according to a new report.

    The program, known as 287 (g), has been touted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a public-safety measure aimed at removing criminal illegal immigrants. But the Sheriff's Office and other participating agencies have focused on easy targets such as traffic violators and day laborers who pose little threat, says the report by Justice Strategies, a non-profit nonpartisan research group based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Arpaio defended his participation in the program, which he said has led to the identification of thousands of illegal immigrants.
    Arpaio's immigration sweeps targeted in lawsuit
    by Mary Jo Pitzl - Jun. 8, 2008, The Arizona Republic

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration and crime sweeps are being targeted in a lawsuit that alleged his officers have racially profiled countless Hispanics.

    The attack on the sweeps alleged the officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.
    Sanctions law ruling will ripple across U.S. - Fate of Ariz. measure up to Appeals Court
    by Mary Jo Pitzl - Jun. 8, 2008, The Arizona Republic

    Arizona's employer-sanctions law was among the first in the nation to go on the books, sending the state into a new world of employee screening, absent workers and anxious waiting for prosecutions.

    Now, a year after it was signed into law, the measure has survived a challenge in federal court and is the first in the nation to get an airing before a federal appeals court. On Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case, which is being pressed by business groups, civil-rights groups and Latino organizations.

    The law allows the state to suspend or revoke the business license of employers found to have knowingly hired illegal workers. The case is being closely watched by lawmakers, attorneys, employers and immigration activists of all stripes. And not just in Arizona.
    Ariz. congressman working on immigration issues
    AP, June 3, 2008

    TUCSON - Armed with bipartisan support, an Arizona congressman is moving ahead with legislation that could solve a series of illegal immigration issues.

    Rep. Raul Grijalva said the measures will be introduced soon and would provide expedited citizenship for active duty military members who are not U.S. citizens, and permanent resident status for their families.

    House Resolution 6020 would help some of the more than 45,000 noncitizens serving in the U.S. military as of March 2007, said Grijalva, a southern Arizona Democrat.
    Thousands of felony warrants unserved
    by Dennis Welch, East Valley Tribune, May 24, 2008

    Rapists, killers and thieves are among the tens of thousands of open felony warrants that have been piling up in Maricopa County for the past two decades. There are nearly 200 outstanding warrants for accused murderers and another 1,200 for those suspected of committing sex crimes, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

    While most of the 42,000 warrants were issued for minor court and probation violations, the high number of violent felony fugitives has prompted calls by political leaders to fix a problem in which every law enforcement agency throughout the county shares part of the blame.

    Officials with numerous Valley police agencies said they simply don't have the resources to track down the thousands of felony fugitives running free.

    The issue has ignited a fierce political debate regarding who is to blame and what is to be done. Recently, Gov. Janet Napolitano sparked a political firestorm when she took more then $1 million from funds Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had been using for illegal immigration enforcement to instead pay for a new statewide task force aimed at clearing warrants.
    Phoenix police widen immigration enforcement
    by Casey Newton and Michael Kiefer for The Arizona Republic, May 23, 2008

    Phoenix police may now contact Immigrations and Customs Enforcement when they suspect a person to be in the country illegally, a shift in policy that is expected to increase the number of illegal immigrants deported from the state.

    Chief Jack Harris announced new changes on Thursday to Operations Order 1.4, the police policy on immigration that previously prevented officers in most cases from asking about a person's citizenship status.

    The policy has been a lightning rod for criticism from residents who want to see Phoenix do more to combat illegal immigration and helped foment the current recall effort against Mayor Phil Gordon.
    Arizona Immigrant Witch Hunter Handcuffed
    New America Media, News Analysis, By Henry Fernandez, Posted: May 20, 2008

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unconstitutional Latino witch hunt will no longer be subsidized by the State of Arizona.

    It turns out that while Arpaio had his deputies stopping anyone who looked like a Latino immigrant, there were 60,000 real felons running around Arizona. Apparently Governor Janet Napolitano has had enough. This week, she took $1.6 million from Arpaio and redirected it to a new state-run fugitive task force to get real criminals off the street. Of course, this was supposed to have been Arpaio’s job all along.

    For those not familiar with Arpaio, he is a media hound, once even doing a pilot for a comedic Fox-TV police reality show. On another occasion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down his efforts to run his own reality show via Webcam over the Internet because it violated prisoner rights. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal. How any of this clowning would have reduced crime remains unclear.
    Citizens Seek To Recall Phoenix Mayor
    by Allan J. Ashinoff for the Conservative Voice, May 19, 2008

    For many years Americans have demanded a serious and sustained crackdown on illegal immigration. As a result rallies have been staged, ballot propositions have been passed, and laws have been instituted to safeguard the future of America. Yet there remains those in politics forget their servants role and choose to ignore the will of those who elected them.

    Such conduct by any politician in the United States is harmful to American democracy. But the severity of the problem is compounded, perhaps irreparably, when the politician is supposed to represent the citizens of a border state, a border city or a border town. The citizens of these states, where the issue related to illegal immigration is impossible to ignore, are demanding patriotic fidelity and constitutional servitude from their politicians. But their public servants, like Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, choose to work against the will of the American citizens.
    Top officials hinge careers on immigration
    The Arizona Republic, May 18, 2008

    Gov. Janet Napolitano came closer than ever last week to a full-blown conflict with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over their differing approaches to illegal immigration. The governor ordered $1.6 million in state money to be redirected from Arpaio's operations to a state-led task force charged with arresting many of the state's 60,000 fugitives. Arpaio and other Republican leaders reacted with outrage. Napolitano responded by saying her move wasn't aimed at the sheriff, but at protecting the public from dangerous felons.

    In recent weeks, Napolitano, Arpaio, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other top state and local officials have offered starkly different views on how to deal with immigration in the Valley. Here's what several of them stand to gain or lose from the conflicts.
    ICE: 39 arrested for immigration violations in Phoenix
    by Chris Kline, ABC 15, May 16, 2008

    Nearly 40 people were taken into custody for immigration violations in Phoenix this week, as announced by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement team on Friday.

    During the operation, ICE officers said they arrested 21 people for ignoring final orders of deportation or returning to the country without the proper paperwork.

    A total of 39 people were taken into custody.

    "ICE is committed to restoring integrity to this country's immigration system and that means ensuring that the removal orders handed down by the nation's immigration courts are carried out," said Katrina S. Kane, field office director for ICE detention and removal operations in Phoenix, in a press release.

    So far this fiscal year, the ICE Fugitive Operations Team in Phoenix has made 371 arrests.
    Sheriff accepting donations to fight illegal immigration
    by JW Cox, KTAR Web, May 16, 2008

    The sheriff made news when he set up an illegal immigration hotline. Now he's set up another one to help fund his efforts to fight it.

    Earlier this week, the governor cut money more than $1 million from the sheriff's budget to fund a statewide task force to hunt fugitives.

    Arpaio said residents and people from out of state called to donate their own money to fund his fight against illegal immigration. "We're receiving emails and calls from people that just were angry and just wanted to know how they can help."

    He said donations can be made out to MCSO Donation Fund and must be earmarked for illegal immigration.

    Checks should be mailed to 100 West Washington, Ste. 1900, Phoenix, Ariz., 85003

    KTAR-FM host Larry Gaydos hosted a radio-thon "Pennies for the Posse" on Wednesday night to raise money for the sheriff's effort to fight illegal immigration.
    Striking changes in Arizona as illegal immigrants flee the state
    by Rachel Alexander for the Intellectual Conservative, May 15, 2008

    Arizona is leading the nation in local enforcement of laws against illegal immigration. As illegal immigrants leave the state, the state's most serious problems such as traffic congestion and the expense of teaching English Language Learner classes are dissipating.

    Since Arizona's local law enforcement began enforcing illegal immigration laws and an employer sanctions law went into effect, illegal immigrants have been fleeing the state in large numbers. The effects have been far-ranging. Commuters are reporting fewer vehicles on the freeways, shortening their rush-hour commutes. What had become a serious transportation problem in Arizona is losing its urgency. English Learner Language (ELL) students started dropping out of school. This helped end a confrontation between the state legislature and a liberal federal judge who had ordered the state to spend more money on ELL classes.
    Immigration Enforcement Funds Slashed in Arizona
    By Mike Nizza for the NY Times, May 14, 2008

    A fight has erupted in Arizona, pitting the state’s governor against a county lawman known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” and the hunt for illegal immigrants against the hunt for felons on the loose.

    According to several reports, Gov. Janet Napolitano has signed an executive order shifting $1.6 million out of the budget for a task force set up to unravel human smuggling networks in the state, and reassigning the money to a new effort to round up tens of thousands of fugitives.

    The cutbacks were not shared across Arizona’s 15 counties. Rather, they were aimed at just one county — Maricopa —
    Life Term in Crash That Killed Migrants
    AP, May 11, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — A man who crashed an overloaded sport utility vehicle while fleeing Border Patrol agents, killing 10 illegal immigrants, has been sentenced to life in federal prison.

    The man, Adan Pineda Doval, 22, a citizen of Mexico, was convicted in October by a Phoenix jury of 10 counts of transporting illegal immigrants causing death and two lesser charges.
    Police to follow new illegal immigration policy
    by Sandra Haros/KTAR, May 8, 2008

    There will soon be changes in the way Phoenix police officers communicate with illegal immigration.

    Phoenix police officers will be receiving new guidelines on how to deal with suspected illegal immigrants. Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon said training is well underway.

    "The vast majority of the police department have been trained, 3,000 officers," he said. "Within the next two to three weeks, we'll have a press conference with the chief announcing that the order is in place."

    The new policy states, among other things, anyone arrested for a misdemeanor or felony will be asked their immigration status.
    Issue is illegal immigration, not race
    Dena Clayman for The Arizona Republic, May 8, 2008

    In response to Laurie Roberts' column, "An immigrant teaches dignity," (Valley & State, Saturday): While I agree with her praise of illegal immigrant Norma Galit, I disagree with her statement: "The frustration over illegal immigration has reached such a fevered pitch that it is hard to see beyond our white-hot anger anymore."

    For Roberts to insinuate it's race-related is ridiculous. That is what some illegal immigrants say to further their agenda.

    These people broke our laws. Why have laws in this country if people believe they can ignore them without repercussions?

    The race issue is an excuse. Shame on Laurie Roberts
    Groups Struggle to Clean Up Mess Illegal Immigrants Leave Behind
    FOX News, May 7, 2008

    The latest battle in the war on illegal immigration isn't over the smuggling of undocumented workers, it's over the trash they leave behind.

    Government officials and border activists say the garbage dumped in the desert by illegal immigrants and their smugglers is staggering.

    And the cleanup is costing taxpayers millions.

    In 2006 alone, more than 1.18 million pounds of trash was collected along southern Arizona border, many in the meeting spots where immigrants rest, change clothes and wait to hitch a ride further north with a smuggler.
    Measure would let officers enforce immigration laws
    Mary Jo Pitzl for The Arizona Republic, May 7, 2008

    Trying to prod the Legislature into action, state Rep. Russell Pearce on Tuesday rallied immigration hardliners to underscore support for his bill that would let local police officers enforce immigration laws.

    "It's about time we took the handcuffs off our law enforcement," Pearce, R-Mesa, said at a Capitol news conference.

    His measure, House Concurrent Resolution 2039, would prohibit local governments from enacting policies that would prevent police officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. While it would still give the officer the discretion of whether to inquire about someone's legal status during a traffic stop, for example, its clear intent is to encourage such questioning.

    Some law-enforcement groups say that's already occurring; others say the measure would provide welcome clarification.
    Why so angry about illegal immigration?
    by Dennis Welch for East Valley Tribune, May 4, 2008

    The rage and anger surrounding illegal immigration is visible everywhere. In the outright racist comments posted on the Internet. In blistering arguments on television. And in tense standoffs in the streets. It seems the signs of discontent are only growing.

    Experts and activists on both sides of the issue point to a number of factors contributing to the toxic environment - the slowing economy, fear of losing jobs, and the fiery rhetoric used by the nation's political leadership.
    Other cities may emulate immigration policy, police chief says
    by Ron Sanzone for AZCENTRAL, May 1, 2008

    Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris will release the final revisions to its controversial policy on illegal immigrants at a press conference later this month, the chief said during a Thursday event.

    Harris explained the changes to Operations Order 1.4 and responded to criticism that the police department is soft on illegal immigration during a meeting hosted by Councilwoman Thelda Williams for constituents in the Deer Valley area.

    The police department is two weeks away from implementing a new policy which will allow officers to more easily contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about persons they suspect are in the country illegally, Harris said. Currently, officers do not have as much discretion to do that unless a suspect is booked on criminal charges.
    Anti-illegal immigration group wants to recall Gordon
    by Jon Zimney for KTAR, April 30, 2008

    There is an effort brewing to recall Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon for being soft on illegal immigration.

    It's being headed by an anti-illegal immigration group called American Citizens United.

    FM News/Talk 92.3 KTAR received notice Wednesday by the group's leader, who will unveil details Thursday morning at 9 a.m. about the group's effort and petition drive they hope will be the springboard to oust Gordon from office.

    In January, Gordon lashed out on KTAR about some of the people who've formed the group.

    "And it's outrageous conduct on the part of these individuals that have proclaimed themselves judges of who belongs in our country and who doesn't belong in our country," he said.

    The organization's members are members of a number of anti-illegal groups seen at many of the fronts in the immigration debate, including Pruitt's Furniture and the day labor center in north Phoenix.
    Napolitano vetoes bill on police role in immigration
    by Matthew Benson for The Arizona Republic, April 28, 2008

    Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a measure Monday that would have required local law enforcement to work with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

    Napolitano, a Democrat, had been urged to reject House Bill 2807 by Latino activists who feared the measure would lead to racial profiling and further alienate the Latino community. But Napolitano cited neither of those issues in vetoing the measure. Instead, she relied on fiscal concerns, noting a provision that would have required the state to pay for the training of local officers in immigration enforcement if federal funds were unavailable.

    In a letter accompanying her veto, Napolitano speculated that the tab could have reached as much as $100 million.
    Officials: Truck packed with dozens of illegal immigrants crashes in remote Arizona; 4 dead
    AP, April 27, 2008

    PHOENIX - A truck jammed with as many as 60 illegal immigrants crashed and rolled in a remote part of central Arizona on Sunday morning, killing four and injuring many, authorities said.

    The truck was carrying possibly 50 to 60 people, an estimated 20 to 30 of whom fled the scene and have not been located, said Vanessa White, spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

    No arrests have been made, but officers are looking for the driver, who also fled the scene. Investigators believe the people on board were illegal immigrants, White said.

    Four males were pronounced dead at the scene, while 27 survivors were taken to hospitals. White did not know their conditions.

    Speed and possibly alcohol are believed to be factors in the 5:30 a.m. crash near the town of Arizona City, about 60 miles south of Phoenix, White said. She did not have details on the truck.

    Such crashes involving suspected illegal immigration are not uncommon. A collision in Texas killed three people just last month.
    Hispanic activists: Local law enforcement should not have role in immigration enforcement
    By Howard Fischer for the Capitol Media Services, April 26, 2008

    PHOENIX — Hispanic activists lashed out Wednesday at state lawmakers who voted to require local police and sheriff’s departments to implement a program to address violations of federal immigration laws.

    Lydia Guzman, vice president of Somos America, was particularly miffed with Hispanic legislators, virtually all of whom agreed to support HB 2807. And the Rev. Luz Santiago, pastor of Iglesia Puebla de Dios in Mesa, said lawmakers need to be reminded that “we’re the ones that can vote you out.’

    The result is that the only way to kill the measure now is to convince Gov. Janet Napolitano to veto it.

    The organization, whose name translates to “We Are America,’’ asked Napolitano to do just that, saying that mandating such programs will only increase racial profiling. They also called i “a divisive bill’’ that polarizes the state between “the pro-immigrant reformers and the anti-immigrant groups infiltrated by hate organizations like the neo-Nazis and KKK.’’

    Napolitano said she has not yet made a decision on the fate of the to sign or veto it.
    Arizona sheriff stirs furor with crackdown on illegals
    By JACQUES BILLEAUD for the AP, April 25, 2008

    GUADALUPE, Ariz. (AP) — The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" has been making forays into Phoenix and nearby Guadalupe and sweeping up illegal immigrants, drawing howls of protest from the cities' mayors and other community leaders.

    While Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has legal authority to enforce the law in cities within his county, politicians and activists are accusing him of grandstanding and, worse, racial profiling.

    A total of 150 people — 73 of them illegal immigrants — were arrested by Arpaio's deputies in the raids on heavily Hispanic sections in late March and early April.
    Senate OKs immigration bill; goes to Gov. Napolitano
    AP, April 24, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would require city and county police agencies to have their officers tackle federal immigration violations.

    The Senate’s 20-9 vote Monday completed action on the bill (HB2807), which had been approved by the House previously. It goes next to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

    Local agencies could meet the requirement by getting training for their police and jail officers, putting federal immigration agents in units within their departments or cultivating relationships with federal authorities to confront the problem.

    A small number of local police agencies in Arizona have already sought special training to enforcement federal immigration law.

    The training lets police officers make immigration arrests while carrying out their regular duties. It also allows jail officers to speed up the deportations of criminal immigrants after they complete sentences on state violations, thus reducing local corrections costs and getting them in the hands of federal authorities quicker.
    Senate: Immigration enforcement bill OK
    AP, April 23, 2008

    A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would require city and county police agencies to have their officers tackle federal immigration violations.

    The Senate's 20-9 vote Monday completed action on the bill (HB2807), which had been approved by the House. It goes next to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

    The bill also would prohibit county and city governments from having policies that prevent or restrict them from receiving or exchanging information about people's immigration status in certain instances. Those cases include determining the eligibility of people for public benefits that are off-limits to illegal immigrants and confirming the identity of arrested people.
    Senate OKs immigration bill; goes to Gov. Napolitano
    AP, April 22, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would require city and county police agencies to have their officers tackle federal immigration violations.

    The Senate’s 20-9 vote Monday completed action on the bill (HB2807), which had been approved by the House previously. It goes next to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

    Local agencies could meet the requirement by getting training for their police and jail officers, putting federal immigration agents in units within their departments or cultivating relationships with federal authorities to confront the problem.

    A small number of local police agencies in Arizona have already sought special training to enforcement federal immigration law.

    The training lets police officers make immigration arrests while carrying out their regular duties. It also allows jail officers to speed up the deportations of criminal immigrants after they complete sentences on state violations, thus reducing local corrections costs and getting them in the hands of federal authorities quicker.

    The bill also would prohibit county and city governments from having policies that prevent or restrict them from receiving or exchanging information about people’s immigration status in certain instances. Advertisement

    Those cases include determining the eligibility of people for public benefits that are off limits to illegal immigrants, confirming the identity of arrested people and verifying people’s status if the status is required under law.

    The bill drew support from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Police Association and opposition from the city of Phoenix and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
    AZ Senate OKs immigration enforcement bill
    AP, April 21, 2008

    PHOENIX - A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would require city and county police agencies to have their officers tackle federal immigration violations.

    The Senate's 20-9 vote Monday completed action on the bill (HB2807), which had been approved by the House previously. It goes next to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

    Local agencies could meet the requirement by getting training for their police and jail officers, putting federal immigration agents in units within their departments or cultivating relationships with federal authorities to confront the problem.

    A small number of local police agencies in Arizona have already sought special training to enforcement federal immigration law.

    The training lets police officers make immigration arrests while carrying out their regular duties. It also allows jail officers to speed up the deportations of criminal immigrants after they complete sentences on state violations, thus reducing local corrections costs and getting them in the hands of federal authorities quicker.

    The bill also would prohibit county and city governments from having policies that prevent or restrict them from receiving or exchanging information about people's immigration status in certain instances.
    Arizona's Immigration Two-Step
    By Lee Hockstader for Washington Post, April 21, 2008

    PHOENIX -- Traumatized by a tidal wave of illegal immigrants, Arizona last year enacted the nation's most pitiless law to punish employers who hire undocumented workers. Now state lawmakers, having proved that they mean business -- even if it means killing off businesses -- are reconnecting with reality: They want to import Mexican workers.

    No state has been as unhinged by illegal immigration as Arizona, where by some estimates undocumented employees comprise up to 12 percent of the state's workforce of 3 million, more than twice the national average. They have also fueled Arizona's supercharged economy, which has grown faster -- and with less unemployment -- than almost anywhere else in the country.

    Recently I visited the north Phoenix neighborhood of Palomino, which was virtually all white and Anglo 25 years ago. Today it is overwhelmingly Latino, teeming with taco joints and home to the city's only day-labor center.
    Hispanic Lawmakers call for federal investigation of Arpaio's immigration sweeps
    My FOX Phoenix, April 17, 2008

    Sheriff Joe continues to take heat for his controversial immigration sweeps in certain Valley neighborhoods. A group of Hispanic lawmakers is jumping into the fight calling for a federal investigation into the round-ups. Fox 10's Alex Savidge has more.......
    Mesa Police Chief to work with MCSO in 'crime suppression'
    Nicole Beyer for ABC15, April 15, 2008

    Mesa Police Chief George Gascon has unveiled a plan to work with the Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posse's crackdown on illegal immigration.

    Gascon said he needs the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to give two days notice ahead of its crackdowns, so he can make sure he has the resources available to help the sheriff and at the same time ensure the protests do not affect his overtime budget.

    Gascon also said he wants to include clergy in the demonstrations as a way to calm the situation.

    He attributes most of these ideas from the time he spent with the Los Angeles Police Department.
    Crossing the Line? - The economic price of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.
    By Terry Greene Sterling for Newsweek, April 15, 2008

    A year ago Roberto promised to pay a smuggler $1,400 for safe passage from the Mexican border to Arizona, where he heard there was plenty of work. After a punishing three-day trek through the desert, the 30-year-old Mexican citizen arrived in Phoenix and quickly obtained two jobs, one as a baker and one as a dishwasher. With his $580 weekly earnings, he paid off the smuggler and began sending money home to his wife and two children. He expected to live and work in Phoenix for years.

    Like many of the state's estimated 450,000 undocumented immigrants, Roberto (who asked that NEWSWEEK withhold his last name) is reconsidering his plans. The reason: in January a controversial state law went into effect that harshly penalizes the 150,000 businesses that employ illegal workers. First offenders face a 10-day suspension of their business license, and second offenders may have their licenses revoked permanently. Meanwhile, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been targeting illegal immigrants in a series of recent sweeps in the Phoenix area. The law—and the sheriff—have harsh critics. On April 4 Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the sheriff for potential civil rights violations. Arpaio's sweeps are "publicity stunts in an election year," Gordon tells NEWSWEEK. "But they endanger the welfare of citizens and policemen alike."
    Crackdown on Immigrants Draws Protests in Phoenix
    AP, April 14, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — The mayor wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate whether the local county sheriff has violated any civil rights laws with his recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants.

    The “saturation patrols” have drawn protests from civil rights and immigrant-rights advocates, but they have drawn support from backers of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and from people who believe the government has not done enough to curb illegal immigration.

    In an April 4 letter to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, Mayor Phil Gordon asked the agency and the Justice Department’s civil rights division to examine what he called discriminatory harassment and improper stops, searches and arrests by sheriff’s deputies in Maricopa County, which encompasses the metropolitan area.
    Phoenix Police Blasted for Delays in New Immigration Policy
    by Jim Cross/KTAR, April 9, 2008

    The head of the union representing more than 2,000 Phoenix police officers says each day of delay in implementing a new immigration policy puts lives at risk.

    Mark Spencer with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association says the number of Hispanic murder victims is alarming, that 63 percent of all homicide victims in the city in 2006-2007 were Hispanic. And, he said 50 percent of the murder suspects were in the United States illegally.

    Hispanics are three to four times more likely to become murder victims, according to Spencer.
    More Pinal County Deputies trained on immigration law
    AP, April 6, 2008

    Another Arizona law enforcement agency now has the authority to enforce federal immigration law.

    Pinal County authorities announced Saturday that five Pinal County sheriff's deputies graduated from a training program administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    The deputies underwent four weeks of training that focused on immigration law, civil rights and intercultural relations.

    The sheriff's office says the deputies took the training to participate in multi-agency task forces targeting violence associated with human smuggling.

    Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez said in a news release, "We now have some tools to begin addressing criminal undocumented aliens."
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio counters Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon on illegal immigration
    by Mike Sunnucks for the Phoenix Business Journal, April 1, 2008

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fired back Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Monday over illegal immigration enforcement in North Phoenix.

    Arpaio said Monday in a letter to Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks that Gordon's was incorrect in asserting the sheriff's immigration enforcements on Bell Road were endangering Phoenix Police undercover investigations.

    Arpaio said the MCSO contact Phoenix Police before the actions started last week. The sheriff's office is putting manpower and resources in the Bell Road area of north Phoenix aimed at curtailing crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

    Gordon criticized those actions Friday saying they were anti-Hispanic and racial profiling. Arpaio discounted those assertions Monday.
    Friction After Patrols in Phoenix Immigrant Area
    By PAUL GIBLIN for the New York Times, March 23, 2008

    PHOENIX — Scores of sheriff’s deputies, assisted by civilian volunteers and shadowed by observers from immigration advocacy groups, conducted saturation patrols this weekend in neighborhoods where illegal immigrants live, work and worship.

    Magdalena Schwartz observing as Deputy Gabe Doster arrested Paola Rodriguez on Friday. The authorities said that the initial sweep, which began about sundown on Friday, led to the arrests of nine people who could not prove United States citizenship and four other people on unrelated charges like outstanding warrants.

    Deputies initially stopped motorists on traffic violations and then asked them for identification.

    The observers tried to ensure that people snared in the operation were treated properly by law enforcement personnel under the direction of the county’s hard-edged sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
    Immigration Activist Accused of Home Invasion Hoax
    My FOX Phoenix, March 21, 2008

    An immigration activist is out of jail after being accused of staging a home invasion of a Valley judge. The suspect Israel Correa has had a long-standing feud with Judge Carlos Mendoza. Fox 10's Laura Sambol spoke to Correa and has more......
    Arpaio launches undocumented immigration sweep in Valley
    Christina Boomer for KNXV TV, March 21, 2008

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launches another immigration sweep in the Valley on Friday.

    Business owners have complained about rising crime connected with undocumented immigrants in the area.

    Opposing groups are on guard and ready to protest.

    Those groups met with reporters on Wednesday with a message for Arpaio saying, "We'll be watching."

    Lydia Guzman believes that Arpaio is breaking the law. "He is not the hero that he talks himself up to be."

    Late last year, Arpaio reacted to email he says he received from a Central Phoenix business.

    In the email, a business owner complained about the day laborers around 32nd Street and Thomas.

    The owner claims the day laborers were causing problems and harassing customers.

    The sheriff's office increased patrols in the area and over a period of several weeks, arrested more than 100 people and 94 of them were undocumented immigrants.

    Now the sheriff is at it again, in a similar scenario with businesses not only in the central part of the Valley, but also to the north.
    New immigration boss in Arizona plans to focus on illegal hirings
    AP, March 20, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) - The new leader of a federal immigration agency in Arizona says that a key element in his plans to confront the state's border woes is cracking down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

    Matthew Allen, the new chief of investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona, says illegal immigrants would be less likely to come to the state if they knew employers wouldn't offer them jobs.

    Allen says that's why it's important to focus on the root cause of much of America's illegal immigration - jobs offered to immigrants.
    House Moves On Police Confronting Immigration
    AP, March 19, 2008

    PHOENIX -- The Arizona House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a proposed requirement that city and county police agencies carry out programs for their officers to confront federal immigration violations.

    Local agencies could meet the requirement by getting training for their police and jail officers, putting federal immigration agents in units within their departments or cultivating relationships with federal authorities to confront the problem.

    "It's one way of dealing with the immigration problem that lets the cities use the most efficient way that they have to do that," said Republican Rep. John Nelson of Litchfield Park, author of the proposal.

    A small number of local police agencies in Arizona have already sought special training to enforcement federal immigration law.
    Illegal immigration problems not as acute in the Rim Country
    By Michael Leiby for the Payson Roundup, March 18, 2008

    Northern Gila County and Payson do not have as many problems with illegal immigration as other parts of the state because Payson is further from the Mexican border than more densely populated communities like Phoenix and Tucson, said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

    Additionally, more densely populated communities closer to the Mexican border also offer illegal immigrants better job opportunities and more anonymity, she said.

    Flores said a lot of Arizona's illegal immigrants find it easier to stay in touch with relatives and contacts still in Mexico and other Latin-American countries by living and working in U.S. communities closer to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Of the nation's estimated 13 million Hispanics and Latinos, 1.3 million are estimated to live in Arizona.
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement reports 44 percent increase in deportation
    by Mike Sunnucks for the Phoenix Business Journal, March 17, 2008

    The number of illegal immigrants deported by the federal government is on the rise.

    The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency reports that it deported 280,000 people during the most recent fiscal year ending Sept. 30. That is a 44 percent jump from the previous fiscal years when 195,000 illegal immigrants were deported, according to the federal agency.

    The Bush administration has been promising stiffer immigration enforcement actions against illegal immigrants and businesses that hire them.

    ICE has arrested more than 600 illegal immigrants in the Phoenix area this month, including raids on drop houses where smugglers keep many of those unlawfully entering the country from Mexico.

    Arizona is a prime entry point into the U.S. from Mexico.
    Principal Sees Injustice, and Picks a Fight With It
    By JACQUES BILLEAUD for the AP, March 14, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — As a labor contractor in the nation's winter lettuce capital, Francisco Chavez struggles to hire enough workers to pick and package the produce.

    Last year, ripe romaine sometimes went bad in the fields around Yuma, Ariz., because Chavez didn't have enough people to harvest the crop, which must be picked by hand. "That's my challenge — to get the crews," he said.

    Such complaints are becoming so common that lawmakers in Arizona and Colorado are considering creating their own guest-worker programs to attract more immigrant laborers. It's unclear whether states have the authority to adopt such measures, but legislators are tired of waiting for Congress to overhaul the immigration system — and they are taking matters into their own hands.

    State Sen. Abel Tapia, the Democratic co-author of the Colorado proposal, lashed out at Washington: "You had your chance to do a comprehensive immigration package a year ago, and you didn't do it, and I can't imagine that you will have anything by 2010, so what are we to do in the meantime?"

    The federal government has run guest-worker programs for more than a century, but congressional efforts to overhaul the system stalled in 2006 and 2007.

    The Arizona proposal aims to create a program run entirely by the state. Employers could recruit workers through Mexican consulates if they can document a labor shortage and unsuccessful efforts to find local employees.
    Principal Sees Injustice, and Picks a Fight With It
    By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN for the New York Times, March 12, 2008

    PHOENIX — One morning last August, Yvonne Watterson, the principal of GateWay Early College High School here, sat in her office, grimly scrolling through the database of its 240 students.

    At the behest of a new state law she detested, she looked for which ones listed a Social Security number and which did not. Without a number, it was virtually certain that a child was in America illegally.

    Ms. Watterson wound up with 38 names, many of them of boys and girls she had personally recruited to the school. Under the statute popularly known as Proposition 300, illegal immigrants could not receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Arizona. Nor could school administrators like Ms. Watterson use state money to pay it.
    Immigration enforcement captures hundreds in state
    Lindsey Collom The Arizona Republic, March 11, 2008

    More than 600 undocumented immigrants were arrested across Arizona in recent days, about double the average for this time of year, according to officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Roughly 110 undocumented immigrants also were discovered Monday at separate suspected drophouses in the west Valley, capping nearly a week of large busts of human-smuggling loads throughout metro Phoenix.
    ‘America's Toughest Sheriff’ Takes on Immigration
    by Ted Robbins for NPR, March 10, 2008

    Arpaio's extreme tactics — many of which specifically target illegal immigrants — have kept him in the news pretty much since he took office back in 1993.

    His real target, however, is laid out in the headline of his latest press release: "Illegal immigrants' arrest expected." For months Phoenix has been the site of protest over day laborers — often illegal immigrants — who line the streets looking for work.

    "If we come across any illegal aliens during the course of this operation they'll be arrested and put in jail," he says.
    Trying to control the borders in Phoenix
    Ruben Navarrette Jr., The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 5, 2008

    You can't please everyone. But when it comes to immigration reform, you're not on the right track until you're not pleasing anyone.

    The Phoenix Police Department has adopted a new immigration enforcement policy that is taking torpedoes from those who think it goes too far and from those who insist it doesn't go far enough. That's our first clue that the folks in the Valley of the Sun might have found the sweet spot.

    The policy change, recommended by a panel of former government prosecutors and implemented by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, allows officers to question anyone suspected of a crime about their immigration status and gives officers the discretion about whether to notify federal immigration officials. But it prohibits officers from posing such questions to crime victims, witnesses or anyone stopped for civil violations such as speeding.
    Border Patrol Agent’s Trial in Killing of Illegal Immigrant Starts in Arizona
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD for the New York Times, February 28, 2008

    TUCSON — In a patch of desert just north of Mexico, what began as a relatively routine interception a year ago ended when a Border Patrol agent shot and killed an illegal immigrant at close range.

    Whether the agent’s action was murder or self-defense is being resolved at a trial that began this week in the heated atmosphere over illegal immigration.

    The agent, Nicholas W. Corbett, 40, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide for a shooting that prosecutors say was unprovoked as the immigrant, Francisco Javiér Domínguez, 22, was surrendering.
    Union Says Immigration Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough in Phoenix
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD for the New York Times, February 21, 2008

    The union representing 2,500 rank-and-file Phoenix police officers said Tuesday that a new policy requiring the police to ask the immigration status only of people under arrest does not go far enough and could allow illegal immigrants to commit more crimes. The policy announced Friday by Mayor Phil Gordon and an advisory panel applies to misdemeanor and felony arrests but not civil traffic stops.
    Federal Courts in Arizona Can't Handle New Load of Immigration Cases
    FOX News, February 20, 2008

    Federal courts in the busiest sector for illegal immigration are overwhelmed, only able to handle a fraction of the immigration cases sent their way.

    The Arizona Republic reports that while federal prosecutors in the Tucson sector want to dispose of 100 illegal immigration cases a day, they're only taking care of 42 cases per day right now. And the courts can only process 60 defendants a day.
    Police Investigate Phoenix Residents' Immigration Status
    Hispanic Business News, February 19, 2008

    Activists in Arizona expressed their concern over the possible implementation of a new policy by which the Phoenix police could check into the immigration status of people accused of committing even minor offenses such as jaywalking.

    In accord with the recommendations presented last Friday by a panel of experts to Mayor Phil Gordon, the police could delve into the immigration status of any suspected lawbreaker.
    Immigration measures move ahead at Capitol
    By Mary Jo Pitzl for the Arizona Republic, February 19, 2008

    Arizona's conflicted views on immigration surfaced Monday at the state Capitol, as a bill that would create a guest-worker program and another that would make it harder for day laborers to solicit work both won approval in their first outing.
    Politics of fear driving debate on immigration
    By The Arizona Republic, February 18, 2008

    The politics of fear is playing well this election season.

    Local and national politicians are having a field day challenging who is "tougher" on immigration. My research on fear suggests that mass-media reports stressing fear and danger play a big part in promoting the politics of fear, which refers to decision-makers' promotion and use of audience beliefs and assumptions about danger, risk and fear in order to achieve certain goals, as well as ideological and political agendas.
    Immigration will confront next Mesa mayor
    By Lindsay Butler, East Valley Tribune, February 17, 2008

    The next mayor of Mesa will face some tough issues, including a massive turnover on the City Council, million-dollar development projects and deep budget cuts. But nothing generates more emotion and attention than the debate over illegal immigration in Mesa, where the booming Hispanic population has quadrupled since 1990.
    U.S. immigration law drives husband, wife apart - U.S. man's Mexican wife forced to leave country
    By Daniel González, The Arizona Republic, February 17, 2008

    EL NACIMIENTO, Mexico - The bathroom situation in the village was worse than Mike Brown imagined. No running water to flush the toilet. Heating water on the stove to bathe. And the flimsy curtain over the doorway provided little privacy.
    Phoenix Police to Check Arrestees’ Immigrant Status
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, New York Times, February 16, 2008

    A decision to ask all people arrested whether they are in the country legally will set Phoenix apart from most other big cities with large immigrant populations.
    Major Immigrant Smuggling Ring Is Broken in Phoenix, Police Say
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, New York Times, February 15, 2008

    PHOENIX — In a case highlighting this city’s prominent role in the smuggling of illegal immigrants across the border, the authorities conducted a series of raids on Thursday, arresting what they said were the leaders of a ring that helped transport hundreds of people to way stations in Phoenix.
    Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, New York Times, February 12, 2008

    The weakening economy coupled with recent curbs on illegal immigration are steering immigrants away.
    Arizona Law Banning the Hiring of Illegal Immigrants Is Upheld
    AP, February 8, 2008

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that prohibits businesses from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and rescinds the business licenses of those that do.

    The ruling by the judge, Neil V. Wake of Federal District Court, was a defeat for employers who argued that it was an unconstitutional effort by a state to regulate immigration.
    Mexican Authorities Arrest Man in Border Agent's Death
    Associated Press, January 24, 2008

    Mexican authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a man for the weekend killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was run over by a suspected smuggler's vehicle.
    Arizona Is Split Over Hard Line on Immigrants
    RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD for the New York Times, December 14, 2007

    Arizona’s law to address illegal immigration could test states’ ability to crack down on the countless businesses that have relied on illegal workers.
    Sanctions will deter legal workers, Az farmers say
    Cronkite News Service, 11/21/07

    Farmers will have a tougher time hiring legal workers from Mexico and consumers will face higher prices for produce when Arizona's employer sanctions law, intended to punish businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, takes effect Jan. 1, groups representing Arizona's agriculture industry say.