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Phoenix Latino arts community highlights stories of immigrants, stresses unity under Trump

PHOENIX - Amid the marches, political organizing and other demonstrations that have taken place among those in opposition to President Donald Trump, Phoenix’s Latino arts scene has seen direct and indirect messages conveyed across a variety of media pushing back against Trump’s policies and public statements.


Transgender and undocumented leader fights for rights in Arizona

Karyna Jaramillo lives in fear that she’ll be deported and sent back to her hometown in Morelos, Mexico where she could face persecution. “Deporting me is like sending me straight to my death,” she said in Spanish.


Family members hail opening of office for victims of immigrant crime

WASHINGTON - A new federal office that will assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants brought "relief and a sense of accomplishment" to parents of Arizona crime victims, on hand Wednesday to witness the opening of the office.


Surge of community events aims to quell undocumented immigrants’ fears, teach legal rights

PHOENIX - Children kept themselves busy with coloring books and chased each other with masks in the corner of the cafeteria at Isaac Middle School, but school had long since ended and adults soon came over to keep them quiet.


Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit attracts crowds at Heard Museum, only North American stop

PHOENIX - The Heard Museum is now recognized for more than being one of 31 of Phoenix’s points of pride. It is also the only North American stop on a world tour for the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit.


Rush to hire border agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.

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Outreach program teaches Latino families about the dangers of substance abuse

TUCSON -- Twice a week, Latino families gather at Apollo Middle School for Familia Adelante, an after-school prevention program designed to teach families about the consequences of substance abuse.


Democrats: Border wall could block budget, force government shutdown

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders said Monday that President Donald Trump's insistence on the border wall in the budget has "thrown a monkey wrench" in negotiations to reach a deal by Friday that would head off a government shutdown.


DACA clubs provide resources, support for undocumented students

PHOENIX - Valeria Rodriguez was 18 years old when she found out she was undocumented.


Advocates criticize Latino vendors for bids on ‘shameful’ border wall

WASHINGTON - Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of "interested vendors" for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project "shameful" and "wrong."


Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

WASHINGTON - Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an "unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear" in immigrant communities.


‘New Voices’ event gives leaders a forum to make impact on Latino community

PHOENIX - Fostering a positive attitude about being Latino and living in Maricopa County was the message community leaders delivered at a public forum held this week in Downtown Phoenix.