December 5, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor, 12/5/2013
On any given day, city residents here wait in long lines to cross the border and shop for bargains in Arizona. Gaby Medina is one of them. She visits the stores in Nogales, Ariz., at least twice a month to look for deals on clothes, which she says are often less expensive than in the border state of Sonora, Mexico.
Earlier this week, she filled several plastic bags with tops she bought for herself and relatives who lack a visa to visit the United States. Come January, Ms. Medina may head to the United States more frequently, she says. That’s when Mexico’s new sales tax will take effect, increasing to 16 percent from 11 percent in Mexico’s border cities and towns.
November 7, 2013
AZ Central, 11/06/2013
After three years of meetings and public testimony, a state legislative border security committee has yet to make a single recommendation.
Tuesday, they were scheduled to decide how to spend $264,000 in donations that has been idling in a state trust fund, but lacked a quorum to actually cast what could have been the committee’s first vote. The money was intended to help the state start building its own fence along the Arizona-Mexico Border, but such a fence has cost the federal government $3 million a mile.
November 6, 2013
The Washington Post, 11/6/2013
A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money may be declared dead Wednesday, more than three years after border security proponents crafted the proposal.
The Arizona Legislature’s border security advisory committee will take up the issue when it meets for the first time in more than a year. The main backer has given up on the state fencing plan and hopes to transfer the money to border sheriffs, said Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, the co-chair of the committee. Stevens said Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, realizes enough private money to get the job done can’t be raised.
November 5, 2013
Arizona Daily Star, 11/05/2013
Whether the U.S. House is going to take up immigration reform this year is still an open question, but elected officials from the border region want to make sure the economy is part of the conversation.
Nearly 200 people gathered Monday night in an auditorium at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind on West Speedway for a dialogue about immigration reform.
October 10, 2013
Arizona Local News, 10/09/2013
One lesson that I hope Arizona has learned from the Great Recession is that we cannot continue to create jobs and generate wealth purely on real estate.
Perhaps the best way to ensure sustainable growth and job creation is to diversify the economy. One way to diversify our economy can be summed up with one word: Mexico.
September 30, 2013
Arizona Daily Star, 9/28/2013
Faith communities across the nation are relying on marches, books and multistate radio ad campaigns to launch bigger and bolder efforts to push for comprehensive immigration legislation this year.
“Our nation can no longer wait,” reads an e-postcard for members of Congress posted on the Justice for Immigrants website — the Catholic campaign for immigration overhaul.
September 19, 2013
The New York Times, 9/19/2013
Arizona, long at odds with President Barack Obama’s administration over immigration reform, is expanding a ban on giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants to include all those who have been granted relief from deportation, in a move rights advocates criticized as “vindictive.”
The state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, announced a year ago that Arizona would deny licenses to young illegal immigrants granted a deportation reprieve under a federal program approved as Obama pushed for a broader immigration overhaul.
August 12, 2013
The New York Times, 8/9/2013
U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday.
An unidentified Border Patrol agent shot Ramses Barron, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, through the border fence in Nogales, Arizona, in the early hours of January 5, 2011. The incident began after agents responded to reports of a group of people trying to smuggle suspected drug packages across the border, the department said. The group, among them Barron, then pelted the agents with rocks, forcing them to take cover.
May 31, 2013
USA Today, 5/31/2013
The Arizona mother of seven who has been held in Mexico on suspicion of drug smuggling has been released from jail. Yanira Maldonado walked out of the jail, hugged her husband and was greeted by well-wishers as officials closed the jail doors behind her. She was freed by a judge late Thursday after spending nine days in jail. She briefly spoke to reporters gathered outside the jail, saying she thanks God, her husband and her lawyer.
“I want to say, ‘Thank you,’ first to God because I’m free now,” Maldonado said, surrounded by family members. “I’m very grateful that I’m free, for my family, for my children.” She also thanked the media for bringing the international focus to her case. “Through you, my situation was extended to the whole world,” she said. Family spokesman Brandon Klippel, brother-in-law of Yanira Maldonado’s husband, said she would immediately cross the border into the United States.
April 30, 2013
Pew Research Global Attitudes Project, 4/29/13
On the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico, the United States is enjoying a resurgence of good will among the Mexican public, with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama.
A national opinion survey of Mexico by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 4-17 among 1,000 adults, finds that roughly two-thirds (66%) of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. – up from 56% a year ago and dramatically higher than it was following the passage of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law in 2010, when favorable Mexican attitudes toward the United States slipped to 44%.