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11:34 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Immigration Reform Advocates Escalate Tactics

PHOENIX -- In spite of the federal government shutdown, thousands are gathering on the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday to push Congress to act on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

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10:30 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Arizona Versus Texas For Border Trade? Not Even A Contest

SAN ANTONIO - While the U.S. Federal Government remains shut down, border trade with Mexico is not. And that's good news for Texas, where the lion's share of Mexican trade flows through, much to the dismay of other border states like New Mexico and Arizona.

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6:21 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Best Of The Border (9/30 - 10/4)

Tourists Find Ways Around National Parks Shutdown
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Tourists Find Ways Around National Parks Shutdown

If you wanted to check a Grand Canyon hike off your bucket list this week, you're out of luck because of the federal government shutdown. The same goes with Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend and other national parks across the country.

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2:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Forget The Government Shutdown, It's National Taco Day

Kosher Tacos Debut On The Border
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Forget the government shutdown for second, it's National Taco Day!

For a nation caught in a divisive debate over its immigration policies, the United States is eager to embrace cultures outside its heavily guarded borders.

The taco also has its own American food chain. This year, Taco Bell introduced its latest taco mutation, the waffle taco. That's a waffle folded in half with egg and bacon, substitute salsa for syrup.

It comes as no surprise that when the fast-food chain decided to open in Mexico, it failed. Twice.

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10:16 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Push For Immigration Reform Continues On The Border

Push For Immigration Reform Continues On The Border
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The debate over immigration reform may have slowed down in Washington, but across the country advocates are pushing to keep the momentum alive.

On Saturday, activists in favor of comprehensive immigration reform are staging marches and rallies in more than 130 cities nationwide. This will include the participation of numerous border communities, where the effects of immigration policy tend to be more pronounced.

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9:48 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Deliver Furlough Notice To Ted Cruz

Furloughed Employees Deliver Furlough Notice To Ted Cruz
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SAN ANTONIO - With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force Base, say they're fed up being government pawns.

"We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job," said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force Reserve.

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4:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

California Grants Licenses To Immigrants Living In US Illegally

SAN DIEGO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into a law a bill that will allow immigrants living in the United States illegally to get driver's licenses.

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4:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown Might Not Shut Out Immigration Legislation

LAS VEGAS - Despite the government shutdown, there is an effort underway in Congress to push immigration reform legislation back into the spotlight.

Immigrant rights activists are calling on politicians to keep immigration reform from being swept under the rug. This may be a tall order with the government shutdown overshadowing Washington.

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3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Asylum Application Surge And The Shutdown

Asylum Application Surge And The Shutdown
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Asylum requests at the border are on track to more than double this year, with many of those requests coming from Central American immigrants crossing in South Texas.

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11:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Federal Public Defenders Working Without Pay To Manage Caseload

ALPINE, Texas - Federal public defenders in the district of West Texas say they will work without pay should the government shutdown continue beyond the next week. Defenders provide free legal council to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Texas' Western District spans 700 miles of the border and is the size of the entire United Kingdom. Defenders in the Western District have the second-highest caseload in the country, second only to Arizona, another border area.

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