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AZ GOP utility commission candidate wants to cut off all utility services to homes with undocumented immigrants.

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  • One Arizona politician has made a vow to make illegal immigrants powerless — literally.
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  • Guidelines for Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
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  • Obama: Immigration plan 'cannot pass without Republican votes'
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Sean Alfano, NY Daily News | NY

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Immigrants say the pledge of allegiance at a rally for comprehensive immigration reform in Oklahoma City. Immigrants say the pledge of allegiance at a rally for comprehensive immigration reform in Oklahoma City. (AP)

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Today (July 1), President Obama delivered a speech at American University making the case for comprehensive immigration reform that secures the border, overhauls our broken legal entry system, and provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who work hard and play by the rules. The New York Daily News reports that Republican Barry Wong, a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s public utilities, has a different solution for our broken immigration system. Wong wants his state’s government to first check the immigration status of all Arizona utility customers and then cut off all utility services to any customers who are undocumented — including electricity and water:

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One Arizona politician has made a vow to make illegal immigrants powerless — literally. Republican Barry Wong, a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, an elected body that decides public utility issues, says he would require the utilities to check the immigration status of customers, he told the Arizona Republic.

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Obama: Immigration plan 'cannot pass without Republican votes', USA Today
President Obama today (July 1) called for a "practical, common sense" immigration system that will help the U.S. economy and maintain America's immigrant tradition -- and he put the pressure on Republicans to get it through Congress.

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Principles for Immigration Reform, Marshall Fitz , Angela Maria Kelley, Center for American Progress

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  • Our broken immigration system undermines core national interests and must be reformed. The public demands it. Our security requires it. Global competitiveness and economic reality compel it. Our identity as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws depends on it.
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  • Read the full report (pdf)
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  • Download the executive summary (pdf)
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Summary: Immigration Reform: Week of August 29

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  • Migrants turn to the sea to enter US illegally,
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  • Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Seen From Baltimore to Arizona
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

David Fitzsimmons

Working the Line, Luis Alberto Urrea, Orion Magazine
The hidden life of the U.S. Border Patrol

Migrants turn to the sea to enter US illegally, Elliot Spagat, Associated Press, in Jacksonville Florida Times-Union | FL
In growing numbers, migrants are gambling their lives at sea as land crossings become even more arduous and likely to end in arrest

Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Seen From Baltimore to Arizona, Larry Keller, SPLC's Hate Watch
In today's overheated immigration climate, it’s a good bet more Hispanics will be beaten, even killed, as the debate — if it can be called that — rages on.

Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Seen From Baltimore to Arizona

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In today's overheated immigration climate, it’s a good bet more Hispanics will be beaten, even killed, as the debate — if it can be called that — rages on.

Larry Keller, SPLC's Hate Watch

Record-breaking high temperatures have been the norm this summer in the United States and other countries. But for Latinos, it’s been even hotter than the thermometer suggests, with one after another targeted for hate crimes around the country. Here’s a sampling of recent incidents.

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  • Early last Saturday (August 21) in Baltimore, Martin Rayez, 51, was beaten to death with a piece of wood. The man arrested for the crime, Jermaine Holley, 19, allegedly confessed and told police that he “hated Hispanics.” He has been treated in the past for schizophrenia. The killing occurred in East Baltimore, the scene of other recent attacks on Latinos.
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Migrants turn to the sea to enter US illegally

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In growing numbers, migrants are gambling their lives at sea as land crossings become even more arduous and likely to end in arrest

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Elliot Spagat, Associated Press, in Jacksonville Florida Times-Union | FL

The speedboat is about three miles offshore when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent cuts the engine to drift on the current in quiet darkness, hoping for the telltale signs of immigrant smuggling — sulfur fumes or a motor's whirr.

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"It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack, and the haystack is the Pacific Ocean," agent Tim Feige nutes before sunrise marks the end to another uneventful shift.

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This is a new frontier for illegal immigrants entering the United States — a roughly 400-square-mile ocean expanse that stretches from Tijuana, Mexico, to Los Angeles. In growing numbers, migrants are gambling their lives at sea as land crossings become even more arduous and likely to end in arrest

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DEA Seeks Ebonics Translators to Decipher Black Peoples' Phone Conversations

Don't get the wrong idea: this has nothing to do with the drug war being racist; they just need expert testimony to help win drug cases.

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Scott Morgan, StoptheDrugWar.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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Ever since NAACP endorsed marijuana legalization in California, there's been a raging debate over whether the drug war targets black communities. Looks like the DEA just settled it.

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Atlanta  — Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday. [AP]

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But don't get the wrong idea. This has nothing to do with the drug war being racist. They just need expert testimony to help win drug cases:
"You can maybe get a general idea of what they're saying, but you have to understand that this has to hold up in court," he said. "You need someone to say, 'I know what they mean when they say 'ballin' or 'pinching pennies.'"

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