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Arizona Recall Group Says Arpaio “Hijacked” Republican Party

Feb 01, 2013

PHOENIX -- Respect Arizona, a newly formed bi-partisan political committee headed by Republican attorney William James Fisher, announced at a press conference in Phoenix on Thursday that they have until May 30 to gather 335,317 signatures that would trigger a...

In Arizona, Recall Effort Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio Begins

Jan 30, 2013

 PHOENIX -- A citizen’s group called Respect Arizona filed paperwork at the Maricopa County Elections Department on Wednesday to initiate a recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.The group would need to gather 335,317 signatures by May 30 of...

As Government Talks Reform, Activists Push to Halt Deportations (UPDATED)

Jan 30, 2013

 UPDATE: The author of this report obtained the following update from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson on Wednesday, January 30, at 3:20pm MST:  “After conducting a comprehensive review of Mr. Garcia-Armas’ case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...

Jan Brewer at a Crossroads Over Driver’s License Ban

Jan 28, 2013

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is at a crossroads. At issue is whether to reverse her executive order that banned driver’s licenses for deferred action recipients, now that the federal government has clarified that they are “lawfully present”...

Spanish Literacy Obstacle for Some Seeking “Deferred Action”

Dec 28, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arisbeth Meza came to Phoenix from Mexico City, following the path of her older sister. She was 13 and has been working ever since cleaning the homes of the wealthy. In Mexico, she studied until the 7th...

Arizona Presents SANE Immigration Guidelines

Dec 05, 2012

PHOENIX -- For close to a decade Arizona has been on the frontlines of a divisive national immigration debate, inspiring a wave of anti-immigrant legislation modeled on its own SB 1070. On Wednesday, a bipartisan collation including immigrant rights advocates...

ACLU Challenges AZ Ban on Driver’s Licenses for Dreamers

Nov 30, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Alejandra Lopez no longer lives with the fear of deportation since she got a work permit in the mail as part of President Obama’s deferred action program. But for the 19-year-old mother who is married to a...

Why Arizona Is a Red State Among a Sea of Blue States

Nov 11, 2012

On Election Day, Arizona remained a red state -- electing Sheriff Joe Arpaio to a sixth term in office, Republican Jeff Flake to the U.S. Senate, and voting for Mitt Romney for president -- while its neighbors, Nevada, New Mexico,...

Over 400,000 Votes Yet to Be Counted in Maricopa County

Nov 08, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The agency that administers elections in Maricopa County confirmed Wednesday evening that it had more than 400,000 ballots yet to be counted. The announcement confirmed claims by activists here who had been protesting outside the Maricopa County...

Arpaio Opponents Raise Concerns About Provisional Ballots

Nov 07, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Democrat Paul Penzone conceded the Maricopa County sheriff’s race to Sheriff Joe Arpaio Tuesday night.As of midnight, 80-year-old Arpaio had 53 percent of the vote, followed by Penzone with 43 percent and the independent candidate Mike Stauffer...

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