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Apr 2, 2013

Arizona city poised to pass state’s first civil union ordinance

BISBEE, Arizona (Reuters) – A former Arizona copper mining town reborn as an artists’ community is poised to become on Tuesday the first city in the conservative southwestern state to allow civil unions between same-sex couples.

The City Council in Bisbee, a city of 5,600 residents in southeast Arizona, is set to pass an ordinance allowing any couple regardless of their sex or sexual orientation to join in a civil ceremony.

Mar 27, 2013

Senators on track to deliver immigration bill

NOGALES, Ariz (Reuters) – Members of a bipartisan group of eight Senators took their quest for a deal on immigration reform to the Arizona-Mexico border on Wednesday where they said they were on track to deliver a bill when Congress resumes next month.

Senators Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans and Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, toured a stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border where many foreigners have entered the United States illegally.

Mar 22, 2013

Judge hears suit on Arizona’s ban on immigrant driver’s licenses

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to prevent Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants granted temporary legal status by the government in the Southwestern state’s latest court clash over the Obama administration’s immigration policies.

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in District Court in Phoenix in November against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and two state transport department officials on behalf of five immigrants from Mexico who qualify for deferred deportation status under President Barack Obama’s program.

Mar 22, 2013

Judge to hear Arizona immigrant driver’s license ban suit

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers will ask a federal judge on Friday to prevent Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants granted temporary legal status by the federal government in the southwest state’s latest court clash over the Obama administration’s immigration policies.

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix last November against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and two state transport department officials on behalf of five immigrants from Mexico who qualify for deferred deportation status under President Barack Obama’s program.

Mar 19, 2013

For Arizona day laborers, immigration reform can’t come soon enough

PHOENIX (Reuters) – At the end of a day of driving around Phoenix in his battered Ford truck scavenging for boxes, Mexican day laborer Jesus Aquilar sells the load to a recycler for pennies a pound, and tosses the yellow receipt with others on his dashboard.

Now that President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have begun a push for comprehensive immigration reform, he wants to ensure he will benefit. When the time comes – if it does – to apply for legal status, the stash of dog-eared receipts could be a paper trail to a hoped-for life out of the shadows.

Mar 19, 2013

U.S. contractor charged with passing nuclear secrets to Chinese woman

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – A U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii has been arrested on charges of passing national defense secrets, including classified information about nuclear weapons, to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, authorities said on Monday.

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 59, a former U.S. Army officer who works as a civilian employee of a defense contractor at U.S. Pacific Command in Oahu was arrested on Friday and made his first appearance in federal court on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii said in a news release.

Mar 15, 2013

High court to weigh Arizona voter registration case

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona will argue before the Supreme Court on Monday that it is within its rights to demand voters show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in federal elections, while opponents will argue it is an overreach of its powers.

The legal dispute over the registration requirement dates back to 2004 when Arizona voters passed a ballot initiative, Proposition 200, designed to stop illegal immigrants from voting.

Mar 14, 2013

U.S. court overturns convictions of woman on Arizona death row

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out the conviction of a woman who has spent more than 22 years on Arizona’s death row after being found guilty of conspiring to murder her 4-year-old son in 1989.

Debra Milke, 48, was placed on death row after she was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy and other charges in the death of her son Christopher in December 1989, in a case that drew wide media coverage at the time.

Mar 13, 2013

Budget cuts could hit U.S.-Mexico border security gains -union

PHOENIX/NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) – Despite a doubling of
border officers over the last nine years, the U.S. Border Patrol
union is warning that furloughs, hiring freezes and overtime
cuts could threaten recent security gains on border with Mexico
as the patrol’s parent agency seeks to trim $595 million under
budget cuts.

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents some
17,000 rank-and-file agents, says the cuts would reduce agents’
working week by around a fifth, leaving gaps in security along
the porous, nearly 2,000-mile border.

Mar 8, 2013

U.S. builders hiring at rapid pace

/WILLISTON, North Dakota (Reuters) – Charles Cork is gearing up to do something he hasn’t done in four years: Build a $1 million house “on spec.”

“I don’t think getting a client for this one will be too much trouble,” said Cork, principal of home builder Braxton Homes in Scottsdale, in the Phoenix area.

    • 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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