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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.