Stories in the ‘Immigration’ category …

The Get-Tough Sheriff of Maricopa County

Friday, February 13th, 2009

(Phoenix, AZ) Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona calls himself the “toughest sheriff in America.” Much of what he does is controversial and critics say he rarely makes a move without alerting the media. Arpaio not only advocates for local law enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, he practices it. His latest move is to house “criminal aliens” in their own area of the outdoor jail known as Tent City. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Latino USA.

Retailers Try Catering To Immigrants

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

(Phoenix, AZ) Big chain stores have started catering to immigrants in a major way. They’re hiring sales clerks who speak different languages, offering childcare for family-oriented shoppers and stocking international brands of electronics to attract immigrants. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.

Resettling Refugees in Phoenix

Monday, July 21st, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Hundreds of refugees are resettled in Arizona every year. Rene Gutel reports from Phoenix on those who work to make sure the refugees get a good start in America. Listen here.

This story aired on KJZZ and PRI’s The World.

Arizona Enacts Tough Employee Sanctions Law

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Arizona puts a new immigration law into effect tomorrow. It will impose sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Rene Gutel of station KJZZ in Phoenix has the story.

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This story was reported for KJZZ and PRI’s The World.

Immigration Showdown in Phoenix

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

phoenix.jpg Protestors and counter-demonstrators gather every Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz., to rally, either for or against, a tough new immigration law that will take affect in January. Rene Gutel reports on the tumult that has become a weekly standard. Listen here.

This story aired on Weekend America.

Border Fence Politics in Arizona

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports from Arizona on a new political ad airing around the country. It’s called “Where’s the Fence?” It’s about border fence construction approved by Congress, but not yet completed. The main targets of the ad, though, are lawmakers, like Senator John McCain of Arizona, who support an immigration reform plan currently being debated on Capitol Hill. Listen here.

This story aired on PRI’s The World.

Southern Arizona congressional race

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

(Douglas, AZ) Immigration and border security top the agenda in the race for an open Congressional seat in southern Arizona. The contest could tell us something about how the nation views these issues. Rene Gutel of station KJZZ reports. Listen here.

This story aired on PRI’s The World.