Comment: again the premise very dubious. Many are seriously concerned that in order to stay here for the time they need to accumulate sufficient resources to return home for having their own business, farm or ranch, that they they will be essentially forced to become citizens. Story seems to be a continuation of a concept of some anglos that there is something wrong with being Mexican. BTW, children usually can pick up another language literally overnight.
Study: Vast majority of immigrants want to become citizens, few do
10 hours ago • By Emilie Eaton Cronkite News Service
WASHINGTON – More than 93 percent of Hispanic immigrants who are in this country illegally say they want to apply for citizenship, but fewer than half of whose who can apply do so, according to research by the Pew Hispanic Center.
A June study by the center found that only 46 percent of Hispanic immigrants eligible to become citizens have applied, compared with 71 percent who are not Hispanic.
Experts said they are not surprised by the numbers, noting that many people are not applying because the application process is costly and cumbersome.
"It's thousands of dollars in fees, and also thousands of dollars in legal expenses," said Ian Danley, the Arizona director for the Campaign for Citizenship. "That's a fee many families cannot surmount."
Danley, who also works at Neighborhood Ministries, a Phoenix church that helps families who are applying for citizenship, said many people need an attorney's help .
Petra Falcon, the executive director for Promise Arizona, an organization that helps immigrant families, said many people aren't applying because of the requirement to speak English.
While many want to learn English, they may not have access to classes to help them learn. Only a few churches offer classes in English, and adult education programs do not provide classes, she said.
Ultimately adult education in Arizona needs to be reformed and expanded to help those that are willing to learn, she said.
5 held, 1 sought in Arizona heat death of immigrant
By Associated Press
Originally published: Aug 15, 2013 - 1:48 pm
PHOENIX -- Pinal County authorities said five people are in custody in the heat death of an immigrant in the back of a rental truck and that a sixth person is being sought.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the latest person to be arrested in the case was 53-year-old Enrique Morales Velazquez of Phoenix. He was arrested Tuesday in Phoenix.
The person still being sought has been identified as 39-year-old Glen Alan Turner of Phoenix.
The immigrant who died was among eight heat-exhaustion victims found July 7 in a U-Haul van at an Interstate 10 gas station near Picacho Peak.
The Sheriff's Office said the immigrants were picked up in Douglas and were to be driven to Phoenix.
Updated 47 minutes ago.
Arpaio: Federal government should pay for desert rescues
By KTAR Newsroom
Originally published: Aug 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm
PHOENIX -- The federal government should pay for immigrants to be rescued out of the Arizona desert, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a Thursday press release.
"If the federal government, for whatever reason, cannot secure our borders, it should be their responsibility, and not Arizona taxpayers, to pay for these rescues," he said in the release, adding that the government should also cover the cost to remove the bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border.
Four people were rescued from the desert since Saturday. A portion of a skull from an immigrant who died last year was also found.
"Maricopa County sheriff's deputies have investigated 14 deaths since June in and around Gila Bend, an area known for human trafficking. Desert crossers are dying in unknown numbers due to the desert's brutal conditions and excessively high temperatures," said Arpaio in the release. "In addition to 14 dead, over 30 individuals have been rescued from the same area this summer."
Arpaio also announced his agency would be placing wooden crosses in the desert as a reminder that crossing the desert is dangerous. The crosses will also be numbered and equipped with GPS devices so an immigrant who calls for help can be found quickly.
"Every life is precious," said Arpaio. "It is our duty to preserve the peace and protect the public, no matter their national status or citizenry."
Arpaio said each desert rescue or body recovery costs taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Congressional representatives urge Brown to sign immigration bill
By Chris Megerian
August 14, 2013, 11:24 a.m.
SACRAMENTO -- Twenty-eight of California's congressional representatives are throwing their weight behind state legislation that would make it harder to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally.
The representatives -- all Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco -- sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown urging him to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The bill, known as the Trust Act, "establishes a bright line standard between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement" and would "continue California's proud tradition of being a leader on smart and sensible policies," the letter says.
The representatives said unnecessary deportations have "reduced the willingness of immigrant and non-immigrant crime victims and witnesses to cooperate with local law enforcement, and consequently has diminished public safety."
Among the letter's signatories are Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda both of San Jose, and recently departed members of the state Legislature now in Washington such as Reps. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, Jared Huffman of San Rafael and Julia Brownley of Westlake Village.
The bill (AB 4), authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would limit local law enforcement's role in working with federal authorities to begin deportation proceedings.
California congressional representatives had urged Brown to sign a previous version of the legislation last year, but the governor vetoed it over concerns it was too broad. It has since been amended to expand the types of crimes and misdemeanors that could trigger the deportation process.
The bill is now awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.