December 23, 2012 |
TUCSON - Tourism officials here have long lured visitors and their dollars to the region with images of fantastic desert sunsets, wellness resorts and endless nature trails. But to entice their most prized foreign visitors, they tout great shopping at good prices. Louis Vuitton, Dillard's and Apple attract Tucson's neighbors in Mexico, who account for nearly 68% of its international tourists. For decades, millions of Mexican shoppers from neighboring Sonora and Sinaloa have trekked to Arizona for a full day, and sometimes a long weekend, dedicated to buying clothes, electronics and other goods.
June 27, 2012
Re "Arizona's police chiefs see an enforcement headache," June 26 Why do many Arizona police chiefs see enforcement of SB 1070, the state's tough immigration law, as "a headache"? Because of the new level of scrutiny? Because they are not going to be allowed to perform racial profiling without theU.S. Supreme Courtvoiding the final valid part of the state's odious immigration law? Thousands more immigrants have been prevented from staying in America under President Obama than under the Bush administration, yet Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's entire premise for enacting the law was that the federal government was not doing enough to protect Arizona's borders.
June 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX - 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? One by one, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia tried to reassure the questioners gathered at a Phoenix high school, saying repeatedly that people would not be detained without reason under Arizona's landmark immigration law. 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?
June 27, 2012 |
On Monday the Supreme Court rejected most, though not all, of the key provisions of the controversial immigration laws passed two years ago in Arizona. While the split decision left both sides claiming victory, on Tuesday night Stephen Colbert took a more pessimistic view. He claimed the ruling was disastrous “partly because it throws open our country's borders, but mostly because Mitt Romney now has to express an opinion that will upset Hispanic voters” - a dig at the candidate's reputation for evasiveness.
June 26, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Soon after the Supreme Court handed down its ruling on Arizona's landmark immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer said she believed the controversial “show me your papers” provision of the law could immediately go into effect . That doesn't seem to be the case. Legal experts cautioned Tuesday that the provision cannot be implemented until an injunction imposed by a lower court is lifted. “It's going to happen, and it's going to happen reasonably quickly,” said Dan Pochoda, legal director at the ACLU of Arizona.
June 26, 2012 |
The first day of a big week for the third branch of government brought a ruling on Arizona's immigration law that was less than satisfying for Justice Antonin Scalia and the Rush Limbaugh wing of the U.S. Supreme Court. A five-vote majority that included Chief JusticeJohn G. Roberts Jr.struck down all but one provision of the controversial statute, asserting that the federal government has preeminent authority for setting immigration policy. They did leave intact the most controversial element of Arizona's disputed law -- the mandate placed on local police to determine the immigration status of anyone detained for other violations if there is reason to suspect that person is in the country illegally -- but they ruled that taking further steps to kick undocumented persons out of the country or to keep them from seeking work or require that they carry documentation of citizenship are not powers allocated to the states. Scalia scoffed at this.