PHOENIX (Reuters) – Opponents of Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration made a bid on Tuesday to challenge a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called show-me-your-papers provision.
A coalition of civil rights organizations asked a federal judge in Phoenix to stay implementation of the key provision of the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
By Tim Gaynor
(Reuters) – A former U.S. federal immigration intelligence director who lured four subordinates into fraudulently claiming more than $500,000 in fake expense and pay claims was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday, authorities said.
James M. Woosley, 48, the former acting director of the intelligence office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, was sentenced in federal court in the District of Columbia, ICE said in a statement.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Police have discovered a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel the length of two football fields running beneath the Arizona border with Mexico, and arrested three suspects, authorities said on Thursday.
The tunnel measuring 240 yards linked a building in San Luis, a small town in far western Arizona, to an ice plant in the Mexican border city of San Luis Rio Colorado, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 96-year-old former governor of Arizona said on Thursday he was stopped and detained by Border Patrol agents in triple-digit heat last month after the vehicle he was traveling in triggered a radiation sensor.
Raul Castro, who made history in 1974 when he became the state’s first and only Mexican-American governor, was stopped by agents at a checkpoint on a U.S. highway north of Nogales, Arizona, on June 12 as he was being driven to a lunch in Tucson to celebrate his birthday.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona man collapsed in court and died shortly after a jury convicted him of torching his mansion, and police are not ruling out the possibility that he may have taken a fatal substance.
Defendant Michael Marin, 53, collapsed just after a Maricopa County Superior Court jury found him guilty on Thursday of arson of an occupied structure, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office said.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – For Arizona sheriff Antonio Estrada, enforcing a state law that requires officers to determine the immigration status of people they stop and suspect are in the United States illegally was always going to be difficult.
But that is exactly what he will soon be expected to do now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the most controversial aspect of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Republican Governor Jan Brewer hailed Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a key part of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, while the law’s critics said thousands of families will live in fear in the southwestern state bordering Mexico.
The Supreme Court supported the law’s most controversial aspect, requiring police to check the immigration status of people they stop, but threw out three other provisions that had been challenged by the federal government.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. border police recovered the bodies of four suspected illegal immigrants who died attempting to cross the remote sun-baked Arizona desert from Mexico in deadly triple digit temperatures over the weekend, authorities said on Monday.
Arizona straddles a busy route for illegal immigrants slipping into the United States from Mexico, many through the Sonora Desert wilderness, where June temperatures peak at above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer said on Monday a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a key part of the state’s crackdown on illegal immigrants was a “victory for the rule of law.”
“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law,” Brewer said in a statement. “It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment (of the U.S. Constitution) and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens.”
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Undocumented Mexican youths who came to the United States as children reacted with joy to an Obama administration rule change on Friday that could spare them deportation, although opponents slammed it as amnesty and ridiculous.
“It hasn’t really sunk in entirely, but I feel a sense of joy and happiness because I know this is really going to change my life,” said Justino Mora, 22, an undocumented computer science student at UCLA in Los Angeles.