February 25th, 2014
10:16 PM ET

Reverend Troy Mendez: "This bill flies in the face of our religion"

Defenders of SB1062 say the controversial bill is necessary to protect religious freedom. There are plenty of opponents who say it does the opposite, with some even arguing the bill goes against Holy Scripture. Reverend Troy Mendez is the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix and tells Anderson "we believe we are to seek and serve Christ in all people."

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February 24th, 2014
10:40 PM ET

Exclusive: Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to CNN about SB-1062

SB-1062 is now sitting on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's desk. It is being called both pro-religion and anti-gay. She has until Saturday to act. Arizona's two Republican U.S. Senators are urging her to veto it. So are groups of protesters outside the State Capitol. CNN's Dana Bash caught up with Governor Brewer in Washington for an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Arizona • Dana Bash • SB-1062
February 24th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Why is one group pushing so hard to make SB-1062 a law?

Defenders say SB-1062, a controversial bill passed by Arizona’s lawmakers, is necessary to protect religious freedom. They insist it’s not meant to discriminate against gays or any other groups. But opponents fear it could be used to deny services to anyone who isn't already protected under federal law. Anderson takes a closer look at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that helped draft SB-1062.

Opponents of SB-1062 are making their voices heard in Arizona. Miguel Marquez has the latest from Phoenix, where he says protests are beginning to grow.

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Filed under: Arizona • Keeping Them Honest • Miguel Marquez • SB-1062
February 24th, 2014
08:06 PM ET

Web Exclusive: Unedited interview with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin

Arizona Republican State Senator Al Melvin voted for SB-1062 and wants Governor Brewer to sign it. His interview tonight with Anderson ran too long for air. The full unedited conversation which included NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino is available here in two parts.

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Filed under: Arizona • SB-1062
February 21st, 2014
09:57 PM ET

Arizona protesters demand Governor deny signature to bill denying service to gays

Protesters in Arizona are chanting "stop the hate" and hoping Governor Jan Brewer will stop a controversial 'religious rights' bill. It would allow business owners, as long as they assert it is their religious belief to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. Governor Brewer says she has not yet made up her mind. Miguel Marquez has the latest on the protests.

Anderson discussed this with Arizona State Representative John Kavanagh, who defends voting for this bill and New York University Professor Kenji Yoshino, who breaks down the legal jargon.

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December 7th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
September 2nd, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Brewer takes heat for not addressing beheading claim

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sparred with her Democratic opponent in an at-times contentious debate Wednesday night, but it was what the Arizona Republican didn't say that is making waves the day after.

Brewer – who has become a prominent leader in the fight against illegal immigration with her steadfast support of Arizona's controversial immigration law – wouldn't address statements she made earlier this summer suggesting illegal immigrants are responsible for beheadings in the Arizona desert.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar • Arizona • Immigration
September 2nd, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Justice Department lawyers sue Arizona sheriff in civil rights probe

Terry Frieden
CNN Justice Department Producer

A lawsuit alleges Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't cooperating with a probe into alleged discrimination against Hispanics.

A lawsuit alleges Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't cooperating with a probe into alleged discrimination against Hispanics.

Washington (CNN) - Justice Department civil rights lawyers filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona on Thursday after talks collapsed on a deal to provide federal investigators with documents they requested.

The suit, filed in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, claims the Maricopa County sheriff has failed to cooperate with the investigation into alleged discrimination against Hispanics by Arpaio's law enforcement officials.

The Justice Department expressed dismay at the sheriff's office's "refusal to cooperate with the investigation."

"The actions of the sheriff's office are unprecedented," said Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, chief of the Civil Rights Division. "It is unfortunate that the (Justice) Department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities."

The federal action became virtually certain after the sheriff's office last Friday rejected the government's demands in an open letter posted on the county's website.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Arizona • Immigration • Terry Frieden
July 30th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Arizona can prevail on immigration law

Michael Hethmon
Special to CNN

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks vehicles arriving from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona, on July 28.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks vehicles arriving from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona, on July 28.

A district judge on Wednesday preliminarily barred the enforcement of two sections and two subsections of Arizona's new immigration law, SB 1070.

As was the case with the public reaction after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law on April 23, we are again seeing wild claims about the matter - in this case, about Judge Susan Bolton's order.

Commentators are making overblown statements about the judge's order without having actually read it. As a lawyer who supports the enactment of state laws that promote comprehensive immigration enforcement, I offer this initial analysis to the beleaguered voters of Arizona:

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Opinion
July 30th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Video: Battle over Arizona's law

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration
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