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Maricopa County forced to make changes

On Oct. 2, a U.S. district judge permanently blocked Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from continuing with several practices related to its immigration enforcement and required radically improved record keeping.

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SB 1070 enforcement varies widely across the state, survey shows

Last summer, the Arizona Civil Rights Board sent a survey about SB 1070-related policies to the 134 law-enforcement agencies in the state, and 34 agencies responded.

March 02, 2014 1:18 pm Related Loading…

Being turned over to Border Patrol doesn't always mean deportation

A call from local police to the Border Patrol does not necessarily lead to a deportation.

March 02, 2014 10:25 pm Related Loading…

SB 1070 frustrations at a boil for protesters, police

SB 1070 frustrations at a boil for protesters, police

The immigration-status checks SB 1070 requires are not always as simple as a request for information sent over the radio.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Immigration checks often stem from speed stops

Immigration checks often stem from speed stops

Cristina Loya was stopped for speeding in May by an unmarked car that was in front of her as she pulled into the parking lot of her daughter’s high school.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Police checked immigration status even before SB 1070

Police checked immigration status even before SB 1070

Law-enforcement officers along the border approached and detained people suspected of recently crossing into the country illegally even before Arizona’s tough new immigration law.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Federal, local tasks blur along border

Federal, local tasks blur along border

There was a time not long ago when the Border Patrol thanked Arizona officers for their cooperation with barbecues and practice ammunition. Now, departments get millions a year in paid overtime, with some officers nearly doubling their salari…

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Economic dip coincides with SB 1070

Economic dip coincides with SB 1070

Arizona’s controversial immigration law took effect when the state was in the worst part of the recession, so gauging the economic impact is no small task.

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Tucson surpasses Phoenix in donations to defend SB 1070

About 45,000 donations from every state in the country — and a handful from outside the United States — brought in $3.8 million to the legal-defense fund Gov. Jan Brewer created in 2010 to defend SB 1070.

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After SB 1070, national trend shifts toward loosening immigration laws

After SB 1070, national trend shifts toward loosening immigration laws

After Arizona passed SB 1070 in 2010, it looked like many states would enact similar immigration laws.

March 06, 2014 12:07 am Photos

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South Tucson pauses before SB 1070 settlement

South Tucson pauses before SB 1070 settlement

The South Tucson City Council has agreed to an overhaul of the police department’s immigration policy in the months since the American Civil Liberties Union filed a claim over how the agency has implemented SB 1070.

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Share your SB 1070 story

Share your SB 1070 story

The Arizona Daily Star would like to hear from you about the impact of SB 1070, the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they stop if they suspect they’re in the country unlawfully.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

South Tucson, ACLU reach deal over SB 1070

South Tucson reached a settlement over its immigration policies with the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday night.

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ACLU files new SB 1070 claim against Tucson police

ACLU files new SB 1070 claim against Tucson police

The claim alleges illegal detention, illegal search and racial profiling.

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About this series

As part of an investigation into the effects of SB 1070, the Arizona Daily Star collected thousands of records documenting local law enforcement calls to Border Patrol to check a person’s immigration status. Although the intention of the legislation was to standardize local immigration enforcement, the end result was a patchwork of policies and interpretations that engrained philosophical differences across jurisdictions.

This series examines in depth the practices of 13 Southern Arizona law-enforcement agencies and the economic and legislative impacts of the law.

Some data was made available by The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The Arizona Daily Star Team

Editor: Jill Jorden Spitz

Reporters: Perla Trevizo and Carli Brosseau

Photographers: Kelly Presnell, Mamta Popat, Mike Christy and Ron Medvescek

Contributors: Amer Taleb, Becky Pallack, Britain Eakin, Darren DaRonco and Samantha Munsey

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