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Oct 23, 2012

Arizona ballot measure contests ownership of the Grand Canyon

PHOENIX (Reuters) – When voters in Arizona go to the polls next month, they will be asked to decide a landownership tug of war: Should the Grand Canyon belong to all Americans, or just the residents of Arizona?

A controversial ballot measure backed by Republicans in the state legislature is seeking sovereign control over millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon.

Oct 20, 2012

Judge blocks Arizona law that bars funding to Planned Parenthood

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge blocked Arizona on Friday from applying a new law that bars Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money through the state for providing medical care because the women’s health organization also performs abortions.

District Court Judge Neil Wake issued a temporary injunction after Planned Parenthood sued over the law, which would have cut off Medicaid funding for family planning and health services delivered by organizations offering abortions. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health care coverage for low-income people.

Oct 18, 2012

Mexican drug kingpin’s daughter not talking to U.S. officials

By Tim Gaynor and Mary Slosson

(Reuters) – The daughter of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin was being held in the United States after her arrest at the border last week, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, while the woman’s lawyer declined to confirm her parentage and said she was not cooperating with authorities.

Court documents showed that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman-Salazar was detained on Friday after authorities said she attempted to cross from Tijuana, Mexico, into California on foot using a counterfeit visa and a false name.

Oct 10, 2012

Mexico says it killed top Zetas drug lord but body snatched

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico says it has killed Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the brutal Zetas drug gang and the most powerful kingpin to fall in a six-year battle against cartels, but in a surreal twist his body was snatched from a funeral home by armed men.

Mexico’s navy said on Tuesday fingerprint tests had confirmed Lazcano was killed in a firefight in a small village in the northern state of Coahuila on Sunday afternoon.

Oct 9, 2012

Mexico Marines say kill top Zetas drug lord, body snatched

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has killed the leader of the brutal Zetas drug gang, the most powerful kingpin to fall in Mexico’s 6-year-old battle against cartels, but his body was snatched from the funeral home by armed men, the Marines said Tuesday.

The Marines said fingerprint tests in a database confirmed that Heriberto Lazcano had been killed in a firefight with Marines in the northern state of Coahuila on Sunday afternoon.

Oct 8, 2012

Mexico arrests suspected cartel leader in U.S. jet skier case

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican officials said on Monday they had arrested a suspected drug cartel leader believed responsible for the murders in 2010 of dozens of migrants and an American who was killed as he jet skied on a lake on the Texas-Mexico border.

Mexican marines arrested Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, known as “Squirrel,” on Saturday evening in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, across the border from Laredo, Texas, after a car chase and a shootout earlier in the day, Mexico’s presidency said in a news release.

Sep 19, 2012

Police begin enforcing controversial Arizona immigration measure

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona police on Wednesday began enforcing a controversial “show-your-papers” provision of a state law targeting illegal immigration as civil rights groups prepared to document allegations of racial profiling.

Police in the border state with Mexico are now authorized to begin conducting immigration status checks of anyone they stop for any reason and suspect of being in the country illegally after a federal judge on Tuesday lifted an injunction against the provision requiring such checks.

Sep 8, 2012

Top Arizona court rules tattooing is protected speech

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s Supreme Court, stepping into a zoning dispute over a tattoo parlor, ruled on Friday that tattooing was a constitutionally protected form of free speech, the first such decision by any state high court in the country, lawyers said.

The ruling stemmed from a dispute between tattoo artists Ryan and Laetitia Coleman and the Phoenix valley city of Mesa, which denied the pair a business permit three years ago to set up shop in a local strip mall.

Aug 1, 2012

Plaintiffs rest case in Arizona sheriff’s racial profiling trial

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers representing Hispanic drivers who say they were racially profiled by a controversial Arizona lawman who bills himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” rested their case on Tuesday in the third week of a federal class-action trial.

The case in U.S. District Court in Phoenix against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office will test whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling Hispanic citizens and legal residents.

Jul 28, 2012

Hundreds in Phoenix march against Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A few hundred protesters, some toting placards reading “Migration is a Human Right,” marched in Phoenix on Saturday to protest Arizona’s two-year-old crackdown on illegal immigration.

State law SB-1070, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, seeks to drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona.

    • About Tim

      "I cover immigration and southwest border issues for Reuters. I am based in Phoenix and have been in my current role since 2006. I previously covered northern Mexico and worked as a general news reporter in Central America."
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