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Napolitano: DACA must be protected until immigration reform arrives

Joel T. Vernile Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 Napolitano: DACA must be protected until immigration reform arrives WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano called for statutory protection for DACA recipients, but expressed little confidence Friday it will come from a Congress that has been unable to pass real immigration reform the country “sorely needs.” Napolitano was Homeland Security secretary when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began in 2012, and denounced the Trump administration’s plans to rescind the program, saying recipients have been living in “fear and trepidation” since the announcement came down. So Napolitano, now president of the University of California system, has turned to the courts, suing to save the DACA and urging the court to “step in and protect those 800,000 young people” who are protected by the program. “These DREAMers … have to walk around always looking over their shoulders to see if there is an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agent,” Napolitano said at a Brookings Institution panel on “Immigration Policy in Trump’s America.” The panelists, who included a former immigration chief under President Bill Clinton and a policy adviser from the advocacy group UnidosUS, shared a dim view of the current administration’s policy. Doris Meissner, former commissioner of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said that despite fears – or threats – of massive deportations if DACA goes away, there is “a huge...

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McCain to vote against health care bill, likely dooming GOP effort

Joel T. Vernile Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 McCain to vote against health care bill, likely dooming GOP effort WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain said Friday that he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Senate leaders who can only afford to lose two GOP votes. The Arizona Republican joins Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in coming out against the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill that supporters say would return control to the states – but critics say would force 32 million Americans off health care and cut billions in aid to states, including Arizona. McCain, who was a key vote against a similar bill that died in July, had complained earlier this week about complex health care measures being pushed through without the “regular order” of debate and amendment. He repeated those concerns in a statement Friday, saying the bill was being rushed through to meet a Sept. 30 deadline that would let the Senate pass the bill with a simple majority of 51 senators instead of the 60 required to stop a filibuster. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” his statement said. While he said he might have supported a bill that went through the...

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Consul of Mexico in Phoenix expresses appreciation for help, says more is needed

Lysandra Marquez Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 Consul of Mexico in Phoenix expresses appreciation for help, says more is needed SCOTTSDALE — Nearly three days after a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico, efforts to find victims trapped in the rubble and help survivors continue. On Tuesday morning, while Mexican citizens were commuting, and children were in the middle of school, buildings started to shake and crumble. Hundreds have died, trapped, and the Mexican government continues to use their resources along with foreign aid to find survivors. One of the most surprising details for many is that this natural disaster took place on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 8.0 magnitude earthquake during which 5,000 people died. This time, the death toll is much lower, but no less traumatic for those living through it. In an interview Friday with Cronkite News, Claudia Franco, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, expressed appreciation for all the support and aid pouring in from the United States right now. “We have been receiving international aid, notably from the U.S., a crew of men with dogs who are looking for people who may be trapped in the rubble, and we’re very very grateful for those men and women from the U.S. who have helped us in this endeavor,” Franco said. Arizona specifically, Franco said, did not skip a beat in reacting to the earthquake....

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September 22, 2017 Newscast

Staff Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 September 22, 2017 Newscast Arizona’s Confederate monuments, the future of light rail and beer made from wastewater. In this week’s Cronkite News Refresh, our top social stories of the week look at Arizona’s Confederate monuments, the health care debate, the future of light rail and beer made from...

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Officials dedicate Florence post office to WWII veteran

Emily Richardson Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 Officials dedicate Florence post office to WWII veteran FLORENCE – The day he turned 17, Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya enlisted in the U.S. Navy . Celaya said the fliers made it seem fun. “At that time in Tucson, they had pictures outside that said, ‘Join the Navy and see the world,’ and they had girls,” Celaya said. “There were girls at every port and stuff like that, which I never got to see anyways.” Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya was on board the USS Indianapolis when it was struck by two Japanese missiles during World War II. Officials recently named a post office in Florence after him. (Photo by Emily Richardson/Cronkite News) Celaya was aboard the USS Indianapolis , a flagship of the 5th Fleet, during World War II. On Sept. 16, the U.S. Postal Service building in Florence was dedicated to Ceyala, now 90. The USS Indianapolis is known for delivering the world’s first operational atomic bomb on July 26, 1945. Several days after that, a Japanese submarine fired two torpedoes that hit the USS Indianapolis. Celaya woke up to the boat on fire. “You hardly had any time to think. When I woke up … I just ran to the back, everybody seemed to be on fire,” he said. “I just went to the back, and I was just lucky that I got to...

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