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Song inspires writer to search for nameless victims in ‘Deportees’ plane crash

Song inspires writer to search for nameless victims in ‘Deportees’ plane crash

By Elvin Alves Borderzine EL PASO — Folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote a poem In 1948 about a plane crash that year in which 32 people lost their lives near Los Gatos Creek in the Diablo mountain range of California. The flight was carrying 28 migrant farmworkers who were being deported back to Mexico. Guthrie was

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Court overturns Arizona law denying bail to immigrant felony suspects

By Camaron Stevenson Cronkite News WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned Arizona’s Proposition 100, saying the voter-approved law banning bail for felony suspects who are believed to be in this country illegally is unconstitutional on its face. A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violated due-process rights of suspects

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Report: ‘Unfair’ Arizona tax system unduly burdens poor residents

By Miranda Rivers Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Arizona’s poor are among the most overtaxed in the nation relative to the state’s better-off taxpayers, according to a recent survey of “tax fairness” in the states. The Wallethub survey asked 1,050 people across the country to define what a fair state and local tax system should look

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Texas contenders for governor offer differing views on immigration issues in public debate

Rio Grande Guardian HARLINGEN, TX — In a televised debate on Tuesday evening, gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis offered sharply contrasting views on two top immigration issues in Texas. Davis said she supports allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s permit to allow them to drive legally and with insurance on Texas

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Arizona Lawmaker: Require high schoolers to pass same civics test as immigrants

By Anastasia Reynolds Cronkite News PHOENIX – If a state lawmaker gets his way, high school students would have to pass the same civics test required of immigrants before receiving their diplomas. “We believe there are certain facts of civic society that we should know,” Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Avondale, said at a news conference Wednesday.

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Changing the complexion of news media calls for revolución

By Zita Arocha Borderzine It’s time to shatter the myth that young Latino journalists won’t leave home for jobs in news media. This thought and others flashed in neon across my mind as I sipped white wine recently in a San Antonio ballroom to celebrate 30 years of tilling the soil to transform newsrooms into

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