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Washington pans Trump plan to pressure Mexico by blocking remittances

Samantha Witherwax Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Washington pans Trump plan to pressure Mexico by blocking remittances WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama appeared to speak for much of official Washington when asked about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to freeze remittances in an effort to pressure the Mexican government to put billions toward a border fence. “Good luck with that,” Obama said Tuesday, noting the difficulty of tracking money transfers from millions of immigrants. The comment came at the end of his remarks on the challenges in following billions in corporate profits that U.S. companies shelter overseas from taxes. That statement was echoed by experts on both sides of the debate. They said that even if the plan was feasible it could have unintended consequences, everything from creating a black market for money transfers to hindering federal investigations to actually increasing illegal immigration by hobbling the Mexican economy. See related story: Immigrants disappointed by Trump’s plan to cut off remittances to pay for border wall Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, called the Trump proposal a “fool’s folly.” “The whole process he’s talking about is impossible. You would have to declare that Mexico is some how a threat politically,” Grijalva said. “I think it’s more campaign bluster.” Trump’s promise to make Mexico pay for a wall along the Southwest border has been a key element of his campaign, but he had...

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Cronkite News: April 6, 2016

Staff Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Cronkite News: April 6, 2016 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on protests and anger at the State Capitol over anti-immigrant legislation. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Dog owners: Watch out for dehydration as temps heat up

Amanda Kukkola Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Dog owners: Watch out for dehydration as temps heat up GLENDALE-With temperatures increasing, members of the Glendale Fire Department helped spread awareness and tips on how to help avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion in your pets. “It is definitely an occurrence that we’d like to lower that number and as any of us most of us are all pet lovers and we’d like to make sure that our pets are part of the family we want to keep them safe. If we can help educate people to keep their animals safe then it’s a better world for all of us,” Glendale Fire Captain David Colson said. In order to keep them safe from heat-related illnesses, Glendale Engineer Fire Fighter Amber Jones expressed the importance of making sure your dogs are just as equipped as you are before enduring any physical activity outside. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } “We have booties that we use that we can put on their feet, it helps with the heat. It’ll also help with any rocky terrain they might encounter and then just making sure that they’re hydrated as well, making sure that you have snacks,” Jones said. “We get called quite...

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Interactive art exhibit part of Phoenix’s efforts to promote innovation

Gilbert Cordova Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Interactive art exhibit part of Phoenix’s efforts to promote innovation The historic A.E. England building in downtown Phoenix turned into an exhibit that combined technology with art to bring new life to empty windows last weekend. The exhibit – called “The Intersection” – was part of the city’s ongoing efforts to promote innovation. “It’s innovation combining digital technology and art to create this entirely new approach to artwork in downtown,” said Edward Lebow, the city’s public art program director. The Mayor’s Office launched its “Innovation Games” – community challenges that highlight the use of technology or innovation – in April 2015. The city held a “hackathon,” which brings together computer programmers and others to collaborate, to develop a web or mobile application to help reduce waste. It also conducted a streetscape design challenge that called for innovators to design a transit-oriented streetscape at Phoenix’s next proposed light rail station. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } This interactive art exhibit wasn’t necessarily a challenge to the public, but a spokesman for Mayor Greg Stanton said it was an internal challenge to the arts department to make public art more engaging to a new generation using technology and art. “I...

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Immigrants disappointed by Trump’s plan to cut off remittances to pay for border wall

Kaitlyn Ahrbeck Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Immigrants disappointed by Trump’s plan to cut off remittances to pay for border wall Mexican immigrants, who send money to relatives back home, reacted with disappointment over a proposal to cut off their ability to send remittances to Mexico. “We are not criminals,” said Juan Garcia, an immigrant who sends money home every week to support his wife and children in Mexico. “We are simply coming here to work and help support our families so they can have a better life in Mexico.” Garcia, who was walking out of a grocery store that houses a company immigrants use to wire money to Mexico, said he was going to encourage his relatives who are eligible to vote in the U.S. to make sure they cast a ballot in November against billionaire Donald J. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate. Others echoed Garcia’s concern. Mexicans working in the United States send an estimated $24 billion back to their Mexico. This week, Trump released a two-page memo detailing his plan to force to Mexico to pay for a 1000-foot-long expanded wall on the border. “It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” said Trump. “Make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into the country year after year.” Trump’s plan was met with stiff opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, including...

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