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Updated Oct 25, 2013 - 5:36 pm
Rep. Trent Franks: GOP plans to bring immigration reform to House floor
By Sandra Haros
Originally published: Oct 25, 2013 - 5:11 pm

PHOENIX -- The Republican Party has plans to discuss comprehensive
immigration reform on the floor of the U.S. House, an Arizona
congressman said Friday.

Rep. Trent Franks said he has been meeting with House Speaker John
Boehner and the two have been working on a plan to discuss
immigration on a national level.
"We have meetings one to two times per week and I can tell you that
there is a plan to bring immigration to the floor," Franks said.

Franks told the news to a group of activists who planned to camp all
night in front of his home to demand action on immigration.

Franks said, in his opinion, the immigration system is not working
because its mired in the debate in Washington. "It's a lot harder
then for people to come here legally," he said.

Franks said the amnesty granted to millions of illegal immigrants in
1986 was the wrong way to go about handling illegal immigration. "I
want to do it right this time so that we don't have to deal with this
again in 25 or 30 years when it's even harder to do this," he said.

Franks said he hopes the new system is rooted in justice and allows
the United States to enact laws that will no longer encourage
survival of the fittest when it comes to immigrating to America.

"One of the biggest things wrong in the world today is that, somehow,
those who are not strong or those who can't defend themselves, the
voiceless, are the ones that are crushed by the ones that don't care
or don't notice," he said.

Franks did not give a timetable for the topic to be raised in the
House nor further details about the plan.

Boehner's spokesman has said the Republicans do not plan to introduce
a sweeping immigration bill, but instead will focus on making changes
through several pieces of legislation, a plan most Democrats reject.

Sandra Haros , Reporter

Phoenix PD to work with Mexico to improve Hispanic relations
By Bob McClay
Originally published: Oct 25, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia (left) and Mexican Counsel General
Roberto Hernandez are shown while announcing a partnership between
Phoenix police and the Mexican consulate on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 in
Phoenix. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police will soon work with Mexican leaders to try
to improve police relations with the Hispanic community.

The Mexican Consulate in Phoenix will host monthly forums in which
Phoenix police will speak to Hispanics about how to report and
prevent crime, protect their families and learn about police
community activities.

Mexican Counsel General Roberto Hernandez said learning these things
is important.
"They must be able to call the police in order to report different
crimes," he said. "In that way, they are going to be protecting their
families and the society in which they are living."

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said that Arizona's immigration
Law, SB 1070, makes many Hispanics afraid to call the police. He said
that has to change.

"We cannot stay stuck on SB 1070. The fact is we have police for
everybody, and we have to police various areas of the city."

The police department will also use the meetings to talk about
domestic violence, child abuse and the consequences of driving under
the influence.

The consulate did not say when the forums will begin.


for immediate release (9/18/2013)
Board of Supervisors District 5
301 W. Jefferson , 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Wilcox named to head NACo committee on immigration reform

Wilcox named to head NACo committee on immigration reform, one of
three committee assignments

Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has been appointed as the
chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force of the National
Association Counties (NACo). The committee is charged with developing
policy and occasionally testifying before Congressional committees on
county issues. The appointment was made by NACo President Linda
Langston, of Linn County, Iowa (Cedar Rapids).

Wilcox will also serve as vice chair of the Human Services and
Education Steering Committee for NACo and is a member of the
CyberSecurity Task Force and the Large Urban County Caucus Steering
Committee. Wilcox, of Phoenix, represents District 5 in southwestern
Maricopa County and is serving her fifth four year term. She is first
vice president of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona.

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