Event: “Trilateral Border Issue Symposium,” March 18-19, ASU

Border fence by couchlearnerWith border security front and center in national debate, a symposium co-hosted by ASU intends to link that issue to mutual economic security among the United States, Canada and Mexico – the largest trading bloc in the world – and how both issues impact Arizona’s business community. The March 18-19 event is being organized by ASU’s North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at the university’s Downtown Phoenix campus and the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

“Trilateral Border Issue Symposium” will provide a forum for scholars, practitioners, business organizations and government officials from all three countries to examine and evaluate cross-border trade challenges facing Arizona business owners. By comparing and contrasting a wide range of activities on the U.S. northern and southern borders, participants from places including Mexico City, Ottawa and Washington, D.C., should come away with greater insight into solving border problems both north and south, said Rick Van Schoik, NACTS director.

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Ruling on Arizona’s immigration law leaves many questions unanswered

The Los Angeles Times, 06/27/2012

Across the state, the law’s “show me your papers” provision upheld by the Supreme Court has created confusion and anxiety, and moved Latinos — both legal and illegal residents — to ask an overriding question: How can you promise we won’t be singled out because of how we look?

If I’m traveling with other Latinos in a carpool will I be stopped?

Will you accept my Mexican-issued ID?

If I witness a crime, should I call the police?

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Editorial: Not in my state: Anti-immigration law doesn’t reflect the beliefs of Arizona’s people

Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, Washington Post, 4/24/2010

As an immigration bill that nationally embarrasses Arizona becomes bad law, our best hope in my hometown is that the rest of America doesn’t do to Arizona what Senate Bill 1070 requires our police officers to do to people with brown skin: “profile” them based on stereotypes and insufficient information.

Arizona is not a state seething with hatred, eager to trample the civil rights of residents in haphazard pursuit of illegal immigrants. Nor are most Arizonans bigots eager to drag our state back to the 1980s, when Gov. Evan Mecham’s absurd behavior made our home a national laughingstock.

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New Task Force Targets Mexico Drug Cartels

borderArizona Republic, 10/1/09

Federal agencies have teamed up with local law- enforcement agencies in a permanent task force to stem the flow of drugs and cash from Mexico and illegal firearms going south.

Aiming specifically at the Sinaloan cartel, six federal agencies along with Phoenix Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have created a new task force that in its first months has netted 68 arrests, 89 wiretaps and the seizure of $45 million in cartel assets, 106 kilograms of cocaine, 146 pounds of methamphetamine and 4,000 pounds of marijuana.

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Feds Give Sheriff A Tough Choice On Immigration Enforcement

Photo by Flickr user cobalt 123
Photo by Flickr user cobalt 123

The Arizona Republic, 8/5/2009

It was another sweep, with more arrests and complaints of racial profiling.

Valley residents are getting used to the fanfare and bitter debate that accompany Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “crime suppression operations,” like the one in Chandler nearly two weeks ago.

It has been 18 months since Arpaio launched the first raid in central Phoenix, but do they work?

Arpaio says “yes”: The operations clear warrants, nab illegal immigrants and reinforce the message that illegal immigrants aren’t welcome in the county.

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Phoenix Mayor Welcomes Border Buildup

The Associated Press, 3/25/2009

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon

Posing as police officers, gunmen in bulletproof vests pulled over a motorist, took him to a Phoenix house, bound him with zip ties and held him for a $30,000 ransom in an abduction that may have been carried out by Mexican drug smugglers.

The abduction earlier this month was one of nearly 1,000 kidnappings reported in Phoenix over the past three years in a surge of lawlessness so terrifying that the mayor welcomed the news this week that Washington is sending more manpower and equipment to the Mexican border, 180 miles to the south.

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Op-Ed: Arizona in the Cross Hairs

Op-Ed, Washington Post, 3/19/2009

Weapons seized from Mexican cartels last November
Weapons seized from Mexican cartels last November

X-Caliber, a gun store in a nondescript neighborhood in Phoenix’s northern section, has become embroiled in Mexico’s turmoil. The gun shop’s proprietor, the name of whose shop might indicate familiarity with Arthurian legend, is on trial here, accused of selling at least 650 weapons, including AK-47 rifles, in small lots to “straw buyers” — persons who illegally pass on the weapons to the cartels, thereby fueling the violence that killed more than 6,000 Mexicans last year.

The prosecution of the proprietor is part of the U.S. attempt to stop the southward flow of weapons and bulk currency while Mexico combats the northward flow of drugs and of human beings brought by “coyotes.”

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