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The Tempe Elementary School District will interview for a series of open teaching position at the fall teacher recruitment fair on Dec. 2.
Community members who reside within the Gilbert Public Schools’ boundaries will have to wait a little longer to find out exactly how the district will redact several of its textbooks, a decision that may have become finalized during the meeting.
PHOENIX - The former owner of a metro Phoenix car wash chain was sentenced to one year in prison and another year of home confinement for his acknowledged role in a scheme to hire hundreds of workers who weren't in the country legally.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has often clashed with the federal government over the enforcement of immigration laws, has filed a lawsuit to stop new policies announced by President Barack Obama.
The suit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington on Arpaio's behalf contends Obama acted outside his constitutional authority by not going through Congress.
It asks the court to block the changes that include making an estimated 5 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally eligible for work permits and for protection from deportation.
Arpaio said he went to court on behalf of himself and all Americans.
"I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws -- as this is the province of the federal government," he said in a statement. "Rather, I am seeking to have the president and the other defendants obey the U.S. Constitution."
The lawsuit said Obama was "hijacking" previous immigration regulation and law by changing the definition of key terms to "create a radically new and different regime of immigration law and regulation."
Arpaio's lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman, a conservative activist and attorney who has filed hundreds of lawsuits against the federal government. He founded the government-watchdog group Judicial Watch in 1994 and left the group in 2003.
Obama's administration previously stripped 100 of Arpaio's deputies of their powers to make federal immigration arrests and filed a pending lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office alleging racial profiling and other civil-rights violations.
Arpaio, a frequent critic of the administration's deportation policies, has said the lawsuit against his office was a politically motivated attack by the administration aimed at courting Latino voters.
Arpaio's volunteer cold-case posse also has investigated the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.
Obama laid out his executive actions during a prime-time television address Thursday.
His changes would mainly cover parents of U.S. citizens and of legal residents as long as the parents have been in the U.S. for five years or more.
Obama also changed enforcement priorities by emphasizing the deportation of new illegal arrivals and criminals.
Congressional Republicans have accused Obama of exceeding his authority by not going through Congress. Obama said in his televised speech that his hand was forced by congressional inaction to fix the broken immigration system.
A small group of local Republican lawmakers gathered outside the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday morning for a press conference on immigration reform ahead of President Obama’s speech on Thursday.
From left, Joe Siggs, Arizona Farm Bureau government relations; Scott Smith, former Mesa Mayor; Mesa Mayor John Giles; Otto Shill, Mesa Chamber of Commerce Government Council chair; Tony Rivero, recently elected to the state House of Representatives; state Sen. Bob Worsley; and state Sen. Adam Driggs stand at a Republican immigration reform press conference at Mesa Arts Center on Nov. 19, 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.
PHOENIX -- Arizona gained 24,700 private-sector jobs last month, enough to push the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate down a tenth of a point, to 6.8 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."
The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers.
In a televised address to the nation, Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged GOP lawmakers to focus their energy not on blocking his actions, but on approving long-stalled legislation to take its place.
"To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill," Obama said, flexing his presidential powers just two weeks after his political standing was challenged in the midterm elections.
As Obama addressed the nation from the White House, immigration supporters with American flags draped over their shoulders marched on the street outside carrying signs that read, "Gracias, Presidente Obama."
Despite Obama's challenge to Republicans to pass a broader immigration bill, his actions and the angry GOP response could largely stamp out prospects for Congress passing comprehensive legislation under the current administration, ensuring that the contentious debate will carry on into the 2016 presidential campaign.
Republicans, emboldened by their sweeping victories in the midterms, are weighing responses to the president's actions that include lawsuits, a government shutdown, and in rare instances, even impeachment.
"The president will come to regret the chapter history writes if he does move forward," Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is soon to become the Senate majority leader, said before Obama's address.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who has refused to have his members vote on broad immigration legislation passed by the Senate last year, said Obama's decision to go it alone "cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left."
While Obama's measures are sweeping in scope, they still leave more than half of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally in limbo. The president announced new deportation priorities that would compel law enforcement to focus its efforts on tracking down serious criminals and people who have recently crossed the border, while specifically placing a low priority on those who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years.
He insisted that his actions did not amount to amnesty.
"Amnesty is the immigration system we have today — millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time," he said.
The main beneficiaries of the president's actions are immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for more than five years but whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents. After passing background checks and paying fees, those individuals can now be granted relief from deportation for three years and get work permits. The administration expects about 4.1 million people to qualify.
Obama is also broadening his 2012 directive that deferred deportation for some young immigrants who entered the country illegally. Obama will expand eligibility to people who arrived in the U.S. as minors before 2010, instead of the current cutoff of 2007, and will lift the requirement that applicants be under 31. The expansion is expected to affect about 300,000 people.
Applications for the new deportation deferrals will begin in the spring.
Immigration-rights activists gathered at watch parties around the country to listen to the president announce actions they have sought for years.
"We're going to have plenty of Kleenex around," said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
The White House insists Obama has the legal authority to halt deportations for parents and for people who came to the U.S. as children, primarily on humanitarian grounds. Officials also cited precedents set by previous immigration executive actions by Democratic and Republican presidents dating back to Dwight Eisenhower.
The Higley Unified School District has named three finalists to fill the governing board seat vacated by Denise Standage.
The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.
Arizona's charter schools are not entitled to another $135 million of taxpayer funds, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
PHOENIX -- The number of people in Arizona illegally dropped by close to 12 percent between 2009 and 2012 according to a new study.
Disingenuous or dumb?
Long ago, it was determined that monopolies by companies such as Bell Telephone and Standard Oil were not in the best interest of our country. Competition was almost nonexistent and prices and policies were decided by a very few. This monopolistic juggernaut still exists today in our Arizona state government.
BOSTON (AP) — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.
Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.
Some things we learned from the recent Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board election. Democracy works at the local level, at least sometimes. Voters made it clear they want school board members who focus on the welfare of students and not on political ideology. The endorsement of Gilbert Mayor Lewis and the town council members does not mean much. None of the candidates they endorsed won. Mr. Colvin’s pathetic lament that he “… no longer has a seat at the table” as he likely finds himself in the minority is not true. Mr. Colvin will find that the new majority of Tram, Humpherys and Santa Cruz will treat him with more respect than how he treated those who disagreed with him in the past.
Final election results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office have incumbent Venessa Whitener and Greg Wojtovich winning the two seats on the Higley Unified School District Governing Board.
Hundreds of immigrants in this country illegally who are locked away on state charges will now be entitled to seek bail — at least in Maricopa County if not elsewhere in Arizona.
Oh, boy. Here we go. Another wild ride in Arizona education.
Newly elected as governor, Doug Ducey is now seeking private dollars to fund his transition team.
“I’m with President Obama on immigration. I need a new roof on my house. The Republican-controlled Congress has until the first of the year to come up with an immigration bill or I’m going to sign an executive check and get some guys to nail down my new shingles.”
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County prosecutors want the Arizona Supreme Court to rule that "dark money'' groups cannot anonymously say nasty things about candidates just because they don't mention the upcoming election.
Maricopa County prosecutors want the Arizona Supreme Court to rule that “dark money” groups cannot anonymously say nasty things about candidates just because they don't mention the upcoming election.