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  • GOP foes don't hold back (McCain/Hayworth/Deakin debate)

    07/17/2010 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 27 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | July 17, 2010 | Rhonda Bodfield
    PHOENIX - By the time the U.S. Senate Republican candidates completed the first question in a live televised debate Friday night, J.D. Hayworth had already blasted incumbent Sen. John McCain for supporting "amnesty" and McCain had mocked Hayworth for his role in a late-night infomercial. The fast and furious debate in Phoenix also featured tea-party activist Jim Deakin, who said both of his opponents had failed to adhere to a strict reading of the Constitution and both failed to secure the U.S. borders. The primary election is Aug. 24. With Hayworth lagging in polls and peppered seemingly nightly by ads...
  • Tea party/rally at Gabby Giffords' Office in Tucson (Vanity)

    08/22/2009 8:28:16 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 18 replies · 1,167+ views
    08.22.2009 | Borax Queen
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  • Full transcript of Arizona Daily Star editorial board meeting with (AZ-CD8) Gabrielle Giffords

    08/16/2009 9:30:39 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 10 replies · 1,059+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08.16.2009 | Arizona Daily Star
    The following is an edited transcript of an Aug. 10 Arizona Daily Star interview with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The transcript has been edited for clarity. STAR: It's very different to be kind of on the outskirts of what's happening and watching this whole health care debate just implode on itself. And then when I read Daniel Scarpinato's story Sunday about the gun, I mean, what's happening. Why is this happening with health care. Why is this such a volatile issue? GIFFORDS: I don't know the answer to that. I could talk to you about my perspective. I was first...
  • Hearing set for BP agent in Bisbee [AZ]

    08/04/2007 6:59:25 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 59 replies · 1,410+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08.04.2007 | Arizona Daily Star
    January shooting death of entrant nets 4 charges - A preliminary hearing to determine whether a Border Patrol agent should be charged with murder for fatally shooting a Mexican man just north of the border is set for Monday in Bisbee. Nicholas Corbett, 39, was charged April 23 with four counts of homicide in connection with the Jan. 12 shooting death of Francisco Javier Domínguez Rivera, 22, of Puebla, Mexico, about 150 yards north of the border, between Bisbee and Douglas. The shooting occurred as Corbett was trying to detain Domínguez Rivera and his brothers and sister-in-law who had entered...
  • Gov.[Napolitano]: Leave Guard on border

    08/04/2007 6:00:03 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 13 replies · 545+ views
    PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano wants federal officials to halt the withdrawal of National Guard troops from along the U.S.-Mexican border. "The drawdown of Operation Jump Start's strength level is ill-timed and should be halted and reexamined," the governor said in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The program, started last year, was designed to put 6,000 Guard soldiers along the border — 2,400 of them in Arizona — to make up for a shortage of Border Patrol officers. Napolitano said Operation Jump Start "has made real progress" in cutting the number of...
  • Guard numbers on border to be halved [Arizona-Mexico]

    07/25/2007 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 43 replies · 1,662+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 07.25.2007 | Brady McCombs
    Support mission to end entirely by Sept. 2008 --- The number of National Guard troops along the Arizona-Mexico border will be trimmed in half by the end of next month. As the presidentially mandated Operation Jumpstart mission begins its second year in support of the U.S. Border Patrol, the number of troops is being reduced as planned. It will be trimmed from 6,000 to 3,000 nationally and from 2,400 to 1,200 in Arizona, said National Guard Capt. Kristine Munn. The pullout began July 1 and is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1. Since arriving in June 2006, National Guard...
  • System ready to check work status [Arizona employer-sanctions law]

    07/24/2007 8:36:41 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 39 replies · 946+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 07.24.2007 | Daniel Scarpinato
    PHOENIX — The online program Arizona businesses will use to verify job applicants' legal status can now serve millions of additional companies, a federal representative said Monday. Businesses in the state will be required to use the program starting Jan. 1 under the employer-sanctions law passed by the Legislature this year. The Basic Pilot Program, an online program that reports legal status within seconds, was overhauled this year to prepare for federal legislation that was never enacted, said Michael Mayhew, a representative with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Verification Division. As a result, Mayhew said the system, criticized by...
  • Immigrant issue appears key to (AZ) state's Senate race

    04/23/2006 6:47:02 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 14 replies · 621+ views
    AP/The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.23.2006 | Jennifer Talhelm
    WASHINGTON — Nowhere in the country is immigration likely to play a bigger role in politics than in Arizona's U.S. Senate race, in which incumbent Republican Jon Kyl is seeking a third term. Seven months from Election Day, Democrats and immigrant- rights activists are hoping to take advantage of anger about the issue and mobilize Latino voters behind Kyl's Democratic challenger, Jim Pederson. Meanwhile, experts say Arizona Republicans are using immigration to keep conservative voters engaged, hoping their support for more restrictions makes conservatives eager to go to the polls for Kyl despite dissatisfaction with the national GOP and President...
  • 4 dead, 21 injured in crash near Sonoita (AZ) [Illegal Aliens in stolen car]

    04/21/2006 6:11:16 PM PDT · by Borax Queen · 18 replies · 396+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.21.2006 | Lourdes Medrano
    A stolen truck crammed with suspected illegal border crossers rolled over late Wednesday near Sonoita, [AZ] killing four people and injuring 21, authorities said. A man driving another vehicle and suspected of involvement in the smuggling attempt was detained for questioning in the 11:45 p.m. crash about two miles north of the border, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. "We haven't seen anything of this magnitude since I've been around," said Estrada, who has worked in area law enforcement for nearly 40 years. "We are still trying to sort out what happened and who was responsible so they can...
  • TUSD in Fox spotlight ("Republicans hate Latinos")

    04/14/2006 6:20:35 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 33 replies · 1,193+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.14.2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Labor activist's speech gets attention of 'O'Reilly Factor' - A politically focused speech at a local high school in which the speaker said "Republicans hate Latinos" is gaining national attention as Tucson Unified School District officials struggle to defend the event. A day after Superintendent Roger Pfeuffer issued a formal response to questions from a state lawmaker who has been critical of the speech, he and others appeared on cable news to discuss the controversy. On the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Pfeuffer, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Paton and a Tucson High Magnet School student also debated lingering questions...
  • GOP (AZ) governor hopefuls take hard border line

    04/09/2006 4:40:52 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 31 replies · 670+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.09.2006 | Rob O'Dell
    "Mr. Bush, build this wall now," gubernatorial candidate Don Goldwater intoned Saturday, putting an Arizona border spin on Ronald Reagan's famous Berlin Wall speech. Goldwater was one of four Republican candidates for governor who debated America's hottest issue — immigration — Saturday in Tucson. He called on President Bush and Congress to build a wall along Arizona's entire Mexican border, and said he would put soon-to-be deported illegal immigrants in a tent city near the border and use their labor to help build the wall. Candidates Jan Smith-Florez and Mike Harris also took a tough line against illegal immigration in...
  • Schools brace for walkouts [Protest Marches]

    04/08/2006 6:02:41 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 60 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.08.2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Plans made for teacher absences during big immigration protests - An entire school will relocate for a day and classes at other campuses may be combined Monday to cope with teachers calling in sick, school officials said Friday as they prepared for large-scale protests against immigration reform. And as the immigration debate showed no signs of leaving their doorstep, officials in the city's largest school district addressed concerns about a speech given Monday at Tucson High Magnet School in which a speaker said, "Republicans hate Latinos." Tucson Unified School District officials are taking their hardest stance against the walkouts to...
  • Nogales Mall, big Wal-Mart going up across the border

    04/08/2006 5:55:06 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 7 replies · 3,191+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.08.2006 | Levi J. Long
    NOGALES, Sonora — Along Boulevard El Greco, construction crews and bulldozers cross the busy street while just beyond the dust clouds, a pair of large retail centers are quickly taking shape. The new 250,000-square-foot Nogales Mall and the 130,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter are under construction at the city's southern edge. At the same site, a new Peter Piper Pizza and a Carl's Jr. are getting ready to open their doors, alongside a new Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar. Touted as the largest mall to be built in Sonora, with the city's first pair of escalators, the Nogales Mall will have 114...
  • Thousands likely at local rally [Illegal Alien Rally]

    04/07/2006 1:59:15 PM PDT · by Borax Queen · 66 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.07.2006 | Lourdes Medrano
    As U.S. senators scrambled to reach an accord this week on how best to handle illegal immigration, the call for action boomed over the radio airwaves day and night, stirring Spanish-speakers to further the cause of immigrants. While the volatile debate continues at the nation's Capitol, hundreds of thousands of people living in the country illegally, and their supporters, plan to march and hold rallies Monday across the nation calling for changes in immigration laws. Buoyed by radio, which has proved pivotal in mobilizing immigrants coast-to-coast, as many as 10,000 people are expected to gather on the South Side and...
  • Legislators to quit early for march [AZ govt. shut-down]

    04/07/2006 12:40:50 PM PDT · by Borax Queen · 74 replies · 1,292+ views
    PHOENIX — Fearing traffic jams and concerned about their personal safety, legislative leaders have decided to shut down their Monday session early to let legislators and staff flee the Capitol before 100,000 marchers show up. The decision to adjourn by noon came as lawmakers engaged in a war of words over the merits of the march, one of several around the nation pushing for Congress to enact immigration legislation that provides people here illegally a path to citizenship — and whether the event is a slap at this country. Sen. Barbara Leff, R-Paradise Valley, said the march amounts to 100,000...
  • Minuteman patrols return [Arizona]

    04/02/2006 8:07:58 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 35 replies · 822+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 04.02.2006 | Brady McCombs
    Wearing camouflage pants and sporting a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver on his hip, William Heathorn transformed himself Saturday from a rocket engineer to a Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteer. It's the second straight year that Heathorn has taken vacation from his day job in Chandler to come to Southern Arizona for patrol. On Saturday afternoon at a private ranch on Arizona 286 south of Three Points, Heathorn stood beside his friend, Wayne Ralph from Nevada, and about 125 others at a kickoff rally for a month-long patrol in the Altar Valley. "I think it's important that Americans get up...
  • James Sensenbrenner Not Deterred by Immigration Protests

    03/26/2006 4:26:15 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 170 replies · 2,181+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 25, 2006 | Carl Limbacher/NewsMax
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., says he's not going to be deterred by the wave of demonstrations protesting his bill to crack down on illegal immigration. Responding to a pro-illegal immigration demonstration in Milwaukee on Thursday, Sensenbrenner called the protest "impressive," but added: "Many have tried to confuse the difference between legal and illegal immigration." (Excerpt) Read more at ...
  • Language bill latest to target entrants [Arizona]

    03/25/2006 12:29:01 PM PST · by Borax Queen · 14 replies · 522+ views
    PHOENIX — State lawmakers are slowly moving to put a series of controversial — and potentially ethnically divisive — measures on the November ballot. The latest effort got a boost this week when the House of Representatives voted 34-22 to ask voters to once again declare English the state's official language. That vote came despite protests from foes who said the proposed constitutional amendment reflected everything from an anti-immigrant attitude to the fear of the currently Anglo majority of the demographic changes occurring in Arizona. And Rep. David Bradley, D-Tucson, even compared this move to promote what he described as...
  • Thousands march on Kyl offices

    03/25/2006 12:20:20 PM PST · by Borax Queen · 152 replies · 2,178+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 03.25.2006 | Brady McCombs
    Senator's bill gives illegal entrants five years to leave the country - Oscar Soto took the day off from his warehouse job Friday to come with his wife, two children, nephew, niece and mother-in-law to an immigrant-rights rally on Tucson's Northwest Side to stand up for himself and his family. Oscar Cruz managed to get time off from his apartment maintenance job to stand on the front line of the protest at Sen. Jon Kyl's Tucson office, 7315 N. Oracle Road, and hold a cardboard sign with white spray paint that read: "Senator Kyl: No more walls." It rested on...
  • Barriers at border go up as debate on effects goes on

    03/12/2006 4:05:09 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 21 replies · 1,047+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 03.12.2006 | Mitch Tobin
    ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT — While politicians in Phoenix and Congress talk about building a tall fence along Arizona's border with Mexico, workers here are completing a shorter and more modest obstacle. This low-slung vehicle barrier will do nothing to stop people from walking into Southern Arizona illegally. But on public lands where the obstacles are popping up, officials say the devices have succeeded in stopping the so-called drive-throughs that can imperil law enforcement and scar the thin-skinned desert for decades. Homeland Security and other officials have disclosed plans to build similar barriers along most of the border between...
  • Kyl plan bolsters border fences

    03/10/2006 7:14:13 PM PST · by Borax Queen · 17 replies · 446+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 03.10.2006 | Brady McCombs
    Up to 50 miles of new fencing would be built along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona under a measure from Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. The committee also voted Thursday to double the size of Border Patrol by hiring an additional 10,000 to 12,000 new agents in the next five years. Judiciary Committee members approved an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act that would replace old fencing in Arizona border towns including Douglas, Naco, Lukeville and Nogales with double- or triple-layered fencing and extend that same fencing at least two miles in each...
  • Entrants [illegal aliens] may get own U.S. prison

    03/02/2006 5:54:51 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 34 replies · 881+ views
    PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano wants Congress to fund a federal regional prison where Arizona and other Western states can send inmates who are in this country illegally. The governor said Wednesday that she has asked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to build and operate a facility to house people convicted of state crimes but who also are illegal immigrants. She said existing law already makes the U.S. Justice Department legally responsible when people here illegally commit state crimes. So far the response has been to leave them in state prisons — and promise reimbursement. But the governor noted...
  • Gov.: Border-troops funds possible

    03/02/2006 5:49:49 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 14 replies · 360+ views
    PHOENIX — Under pressure from state lawmakers, Gov. Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she is now willing to consider spending state tax dollars to expand the presence of the National Guard along the border. But she said it would be on her terms — and her timetable. The governor's stance comes as legislators are preparing to send her a measure to force her to deploy the Guard as a necessary part of the border emergency she declared last year. That legislation, which awaits a vote of the full Senate, includes $10 million to cover the costs. Napolitano suggested Wednesday she...
  • Border drug seizures increase

    02/25/2006 6:24:02 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 14 replies · 690+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 02.25.2006 | Brady McCombs
    An unusual toolbox in the flatbed of a dusty, beat-up Chevy pickup truck catches the eye of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on this relatively cool and quiet day at the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales. Their suspicions prove true when, after removing tools and lids and using a mobile X-ray device, they find nearly 47 pounds of marijuana hidden on a sliding metal tray in a lower compartment of the toolbox the 62-year-old U.S. citizen driver said was a gas tank. Federal border officials have been carrying out drug seizures like this one Thursday at rising rates...
  • Jury gets entrant-smuggling case with 5 dead

    02/03/2006 5:22:08 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 7 replies · 408+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 02.03.2006 | Kim Smith
    Jurors began deliberating the fates Thursday of two suspected illegal-entrant smugglers who authorities say were involved in a crash that killed five in Sierra Vista. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Ferraro told jurors in federal court in Tucson that once they weigh the "avalanche of evidence" against Jose Luis Zepeda-Cruz, 25, and Jimir Valle-Martinez, 22, they will no doubt return a guilty verdict on all 15 counts they face. According to authorities and court testimony, Valle-Martinez was traveling between 88 and 96 mph when he lost control of the Ford F-350 pickup he was driving, skidded sideways, crashed over a median...
  • Mexico, U.S. work on halting incursions

    01/27/2006 5:10:46 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 20 replies · 696+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.27.2006 | Stephanie Innes
    NOGALES, Ariz. -- Incursions of what appear to be Mexican military personnel on the American side of the border have been commonplace for years and have actually decreased since 2002, the U.S. Border Patrol chief said Thursday. Responding to reports this week that heavily armed drug smugglers wearing Mexican military gear confronted Texas and federal law enforcement before retreating across the Rio Grande, Chief David Aguilar said American officials will continue to work with the Mexican government to find a solution. "I feel confident that it will get the attention that's needed," said Aguilar. Aguilar said reports of incursions on...
  • Entrant [illegal alien] map shows roads, water tanks

    01/25/2006 4:37:36 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 63 replies · 1,602+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.25.2006 | Lourdes Medrano
    The map being distributed by Humane Borders and Mexico's Human Rights Commission shows, using semicircles, how far people entering the United States illegally can expect to walk in one, two and three days. The text at bottom center warns people "Don't go!" into Arizona because of insufficient water and says, "It's not worth it!" Circles show where entrants have died, flags are water tanks and stars are rescue beacons. Emergency phone numbers are at lower right; the graph at the top shows the most dangerous months. ...A Tucson human-rights group has teamed up with Mexico's Human Rights Commission to provide...
  • Meeting highlights GOP rift over immigration

    01/21/2006 8:16:02 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 77 replies · 1,589+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.21.2006 | C.J. Karamargin
    The woman at the podium was angry about U.S. immigration policy. She loudly criticized President Bush, Senate Republicans and business interests, telling a Tucson audience they were working against the kind of solution that most Americans want. "We're going to hold Republicans responsible," she said as the crowd of more than 100 responded with loud applause. Democrats? Immigration rights advocates? Far from it. This was a meeting of Republicans. Few issues divide the GOP like illegal immigration, as this gathering at a Downtown hotel on Friday morning showed. On one side are conservatives like Bay Buchanan, the woman who fired...
  • Minuteman Project back on front burner

    01/21/2006 2:57:30 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 15 replies · 411+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.21.2006 | Brady McCombs
    The Minuteman Project will catapult itself back into the spotlight this weekend with a return to the border and a big-screen debut. Today and Sunday, a group of 50 to 65 Minuteman civil defense corps volunteers from Arizona will patrol three to four miles of dirt road off Arizona 286 near Three Points, southwest of Tucson and 35 miles north of the border, said Stacey O'Connell, Minuteman Arizona director. On Friday, Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox was in Park City, Utah, at the Sundance Film Festival promoting the premiere of a documentary, Crossing Arizona, that features footage and interviews with Minuteman...
  • Grass-roots folk argue illegal entry degrades American life (Opinion by Ernesto Portillo Jr.)

    01/21/2006 2:36:01 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 34 replies · 750+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.21.2006 | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    Jay and Margaret Miller drove from their Northeast Side home to a Downtown hotel for an 8 a.m. breakfast Friday —not something the retired couple normally does. But dealing with commuter traffic was inconsequential for the Millers, who came to the Hotel Arizona to hear a reaffirmation of their bedrock belief that illegal immigration is devastating America. They came to listen, even if for a only few minutes, to the clarion call from two of their political heroes who want to shut tight the U.S.-Mexican border. The Millers were more than pleased when Republican Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, one of...
  • Illegal entry blamed for English fines

    12/20/2005 10:31:46 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 19 replies · 622+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star and AP ^ | 12.20.2005 | Paul Davenport
    PHOENIX — Republican officeholders critical of a federal judge's decision to fine the state heavily if it doesn't improve programs for students learning English are pointing a finger of blame at illegal immigration. The judge's order in a 13-year-old lawsuit would impose daily fines starting at $500,000 and rising to $2 million on the state if the Legislature fails to adequately fund programs for an estimated 160,000 children attending Arizona public schools. Arizona has become the busiest entry point on the southern border for illegal immigrants, and concerns related to illegal immigration are being increasingly voiced in connection with public-policy...
  • Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Parents proud of two volunteers facing prison for driving migrants

    12/20/2005 5:08:53 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 61 replies · 910+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12.20.2005 | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    As Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss await another day in federal court, hundreds of miles away, fretting about the outcome, are the young pair's biggest supporters. "I'm so proud of my daughter," said Susan Rogusky, Sellz's mother, during a phone interview from her Iowa office. "We certainly are," said Strauss' mother, Barbara Strauss, from her Manhattan home. Sellz, 23, and Strauss, 24, are the No More Deaths volunteers facing charges of transporting undocumented immigrants and conspiracy. The pair contend they were driving three undocumented immigrants to Tucson for medical aid. Last week, attorneys for Sellz and Strauss asked that the...
  • The hit-kill-and-run state: Arizona nears grim title [ILLEGAL ALIEN KILLERS]

    12/18/2005 5:36:58 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 38 replies · 1,418+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12.18.2005 | Mitch Tobin and Tim Ellis
    Studies suggest high rate has link to illegal migrants Arizona consistently has one of the nation's highest rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes. And some statistical evidence suggests the state's large number of illegal immigrants is one reason. An Arizona Daily Star analysis of nearly 10,000 fatal crashes in the state from 1994 through 2004 found that drivers left the scene in 5.6 percent of the accidents. That's a higher rate of hit-and-runs than in any state except California. Just in 2004, 77 people in Arizona died in hit-and-runs. Over the past decade, half of Arizona's fatal hit-and-runs involved pedestrians —...
  • House approves 300 miles of new border fence in Ariz.

    12/17/2005 6:19:00 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 31 replies · 951+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star and AP ^ | 12.17.2005 | Lourdes Medrano
    Arizona would get nearly 300 miles of new border fencing along key stretches as part of a new congressional effort to crack down on illegal immigration. The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure to build a fence along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border as an amendment to a controversial GOP bill that also would make living in the country illegally a felony and increase penalties for employers who hire illegal workers. In addition, it would require all employers to verify the legal status of all workers. The overall bill was passed 239-182 by the full House late...
  • Mexican labs set to pour meth into Ariz.

    12/04/2005 5:20:35 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 35 replies · 1,489+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12.04.2005 | Michael Marizco
    CULIACÁN, SINALOA — The meth lab by the seminary was exceptional, even by narco-trafficker standards. Equipped with cylinders of acetone, ethanol and oxygen tanks, principal ingredients of meth production, the superlab was capable of producing at least 12 pounds of crystal methamphetamine — nearly 18,000 quarter-gram doses — a day, investigators estimate. Its discovery surprised investigtors in Sinaloa, where a dose of crystal sells on the streets for 30 pesos, about $2.50. But across the border, federal and state officials believe a much more lucrative market has opened its doors: Arizona. Arizona has long been a distribution point for Mexican...
  • 3 illegal workers would go for a U.S.-run guest-worker program [Op-Ed]

    11/29/2005 4:24:36 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 25 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.29.2005 | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    It was several hours before President Bush touched down Monday afternoon at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to talk up his immigration reform plan. On a South Side street corner, several day laborers were already talking about Bush's immigration ideas. "He should give us work permits so we can work and return home to be with our families," said Carlos Jos¨¦ Vel¨¢squez, a 31-year-old Honduran. The morning air was still cold from the overnight freeze, but the three men know the political winds are burning hot with talk about illegal immigration. Nearly everyone has been talking about how to deal with...
  • 'Return every illegal entrant we catch' [President Bush in Tucson]

    11/29/2005 4:16:02 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 79 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.29.2005 | Mitch Tobin and Lourdes Medrano
    America can both welcome immigrants and punish those who enter the country illegally, President Bush said here Monday in his latest push for a guest-worker program coupled with beefed-up border security. Bush didn't reveal new details about his guest-worker proposal in a 26-minute speech inside a hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The president also didn't choose favorites among the host of proposals in Congress that deal with border and immigration issues. Bush did talk tough about illegal immigrants, first highlighting how they burden hospitals, schools and law enforcement in border states, then pledging to "promptly return every illegal entrant...
  • Guardians of the line [US Border Patrol]

    11/27/2005 6:26:07 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 12 replies · 1,288+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.27.2005 | Mitch Tobin
    The U.S. Border Patrol could add up to 10,000 agents in the next five years. The training this sometimes-controversial agency requires can seem brutal, and the job can be deadly. So who would sign up for work like this? ARTESIA, N.M. - On Independence Day 2004, Pedro Infante was driving through Mosul, Iraq, manning a 50-caliber gun atop a cargo truck, when an explosion hurled shrapnel into his helmet. A year later, Infante is here in another desert, training for another dangerous and highly politicized job: working as a Border Patrol agent in Southern Arizona, the nation's hot spot for...
  • Bush visit [Tucson] highlights GOP rifts on border

    11/27/2005 6:17:30 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 195 replies · 2,693+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.27.2005 | Mitch Tobin
    Guest-worker plan to top Monday agenda Hoping to straddle a fracture in the Republican Party, President Bush is due in Tucson on Monday to promote his border and immigration policies. The 2:40 p.m. speech at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the president's only scheduled stop here. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff are expected to appear with the president at D-M. With the backing of businesses who need foreign employees, Bush is pushing a guest-worker program that would let undocumented workers obtain three-year work visas. Workers could extend that for another three years, but would then...
  • Voter ID [Prop 200] law leaves some out

    11/26/2005 5:36:51 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 20 replies · 523+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star and AP ^ | 11.26.2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Those with older driver's licenses don't meet citizenship guidelines ... PHOENIX - A voter-approved proposition passed last year to prevent noncitizens from voting may also prevent Arizonans with older driver's licenses from voting as well. Under Proposition 200, anyone registering to vote must provide proof of citizenship. The most popular form is usually an Arizona driver's license issued after Oct. 1, 1996, when the state began demanding evidence of legal U.S. residency to get a license. But according to a report in The Arizona Republic, one in 10 Arizona motorists - more than 400,000 - currently hold licenses issued before...
  • Kolbe won't seek re-election in '06

    11/24/2005 5:09:53 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 14 replies · 698+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.24.2005 | C.J. Karamargin
    Representative has served S. Arizona for more than 20 years. A desire to teach, D.C. 'divisiveness' part of his decision U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Tucson Republican who rose through the ranks of Congress to become one of the country's most influential lawmakers, will not seek re-election in 2006. Kolbe stunned supporters, delighted rivals and touched off a frenzied wave of anticipation among possible successors Wednesday by announcing he will leave the House of Representatives next year after 22 years. "At some point you have to say it's time to hang up the spurs," the 63-year-old congressman said. "This is...
  • 'Retiree,' 84, has been working for decades on border reforms

    11/20/2005 3:41:43 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 13 replies · 495+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.20.2005 | Lourdes Medrano
    Immigration reform has become a hot topic on Capitol Hill, where politicians from left to right are pushing a range of plans that aim to get a handle on the porous U.S.-Mexican border. But as members of Congress consider legislation to strengthen border security and other proposals for immigration reform, most of them are years behind Tucson retiree Wes Bramhall on the issue. Bramhall, who has been devoted to the cause since the 1980s, continues to lobby anyone who'll listen, and even those who don't, about the need to halt the steady flow of illegal border-crossers into the United States....
  • Entrants [ILLEGAL ALIENS] seeking work arrested Neighbor complaints bring action

    11/19/2005 6:05:19 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 70 replies · 1,592+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.19.2005 | Michael Marizco
    Tensions are rising in a neighborhood where border crossers who gather on a street corner south of Downtown to be hired for the day mix with dope dealers, alcoholics and thieves. Neighbors - including Southside Presbyterian Church, home base of the No More Deaths border activists - have complained to police about the day laborers. Those complaints culminated in the arrest of 20 illegal border crossers by U.S. Border Patrol agents at South Ninth Avenue and East 23rd Street on Monday. Such operations by the Border Patrol are rare in the area. This South Side neighborhood is a popular pickup...
  • DEA says Culiacán family is top heroin ring in Tucson

    11/03/2005 7:34:01 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 7 replies · 357+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.03.2005 | Kim Smith and Michael Marizco
    The Magaña Lopez family is the most significant heroin-smuggling ring in Tucson, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said. The Culiacán, Sinaloa, family first surfaced in 1998 when a brother to those arrested Wednesday was arrested on heroin charges, said Anthony J. Coulson, assistant special-agent-in-charge for the DEA's Tucson office. The family moved 5 to 10 pounds of Mexican black-tar and powder heroin through Tucson every month, Coulson said. Jorge Luis Magaña Lopez was arrested in Tucson in April 1998 with 1 1/2 pounds of heroin. According to his plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court, a man he was working...
  • U.S. unveils Secure Border Initiative

    11/03/2005 4:58:07 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 104 replies · 1,641+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.03.2005 | Michael Marizco
    The Department of Homeland Security announced a new plan to secure the nation's borders with Mexico and Canada, hinging its latest effort on a temporary worker program, more agents and more resources on the border. The Secure Border Initiative was announced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in Houston. And in Washington, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales stressed the need for a temporary-worker program - something President Bush has been pushing for nearly two years. The immigration and border enforcement initiative comes just days before President Bush is scheduled to attend the opening day of the Summit of the Americas...
  • [Tucson]City raids demolish top heroin syndicate; Smugglers based in Mexico are taken down

    11/03/2005 4:50:56 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 9 replies · 594+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11.03.2005 | Andrea Kelly and Eric Swedlund
    Police struck at Tucson's largest heroin ring Wednesday, shooting an armed suspect during a series of raids that captured 13 and yielded thousands of dollars in drugs and cash from the Mexican-based smugglers. To date more than 50 people, including six students from Catalina Foothills High and Edge Charter School, have been arrested in the nine-month investigation into the Magaña heroin-trafficking organization, which has ties to Sinaloa, Mexico, said Capt. David Neri, commander of the Counter Narcotics Alliance. In one raid about 7 a.m. Wednesday, an armed man confronted officers of the Tucson police SWAT team. Rafael Acosta Perez, 34,...
  • Sasabe, Sonora, has turned into a smugglers' haven

    10/02/2005 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 16 replies · 664+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 10.02.2005 | Michael Marizco
    SASABE, Sonora - Four smugglers stand on a hilltop overlooking the United States, watching the slow-moving white SUVs of the federal agents below. "It's a game. You win or lose, but you got to try. Somebody gots to do it," said Diego Cansíno, leaning against the collapsing brick wall of the squat building behind him, drinking from a can of Tecate and keeping an eye on the U.S. Border Patrol agents less than a mile away. For the smugglers in Sasabe, Sonora, business has never been better. This little town 65 miles southwest of Tucson doesn't have a gas station...
  • Entrant costs triple $1.5M gov. promised [Illegal Aliens]

    09/03/2005 7:25:35 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 37 replies · 570+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 09.03.2005 | Tony Davis
    The bills aren't all in yet, but the costs of dealing with illegal immigration are running more than three times the emergency $1.5 million Gov. Janet Napolitano has agreed to send to Southern Arizona, officials of four border counties said Friday. Expect at least a $5 million tab over the next six months to a year for law enforcement, accident response, trash cleanup, health care and autopsy cases involving illegal immigrants, say officials of Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. Pima County expects to spend $2 million in illegal immigrant-related matters in the next six months. Yuma County says...
  • 'Criminal invaders' get our property, too [op-ed]

    08/28/2005 8:04:47 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 277 replies · 3,454+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08.28.2005 | Randy Graf
    EQUAL TIME: Randy Graf sees the ranch forfeiture as part of an erosion of freedoms. The rule of law is a standard we can no longer afford to bend. Without laws or equal enforcement of those laws, there is anarchy. The anarchy that exists today with regard to illegal immigration hit a new low last week. The seizure of Casey Nethercott's land in Cochise County, near Douglas, is the epitome of the brazen disregard for the rule of law that the open-border crowd has achieved. Such groups as La Raza, MEChA and the Council on Foreign Relations - all of...
  • ILLEGAL ENTRANTS' RESIDUE Trash woes piling up

    08/24/2005 6:19:06 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 44 replies · 826+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08.24.2005 | Tony Davis
    Splayed in the desert just south of I-10 along Rita Road is an unruly collection of backpacks, flannel shirts, coats, water bottles, soft-drink cans, pill packages, toothbrushes and toilet paper rolls. Shredded black plastic trash bags are stripped across ocotillo and creosote bushes. Illegal entrants dumped this trash, Pima County officials say. Now the county wants help to clean it up along with at least five other such dumps near Tucson. The county Department of Environmental Quality has asked the state government and a tribe with casino money, the Gila River Indian Community, for $40,000 grants. The money, to which...