The Arizona governor signed controversial legislation Friday that may change the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement.
Senate Bill 1070 is set to take effect in August or September, if it withstands legal challenges that are expected from a number of groups that oppose the legislation.
The law requires police to questionÂ people whoÂ they have reason to suspectÂ are in the United States illegally. The law also requires legal immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times.
Brewer cited border-related crime as a key factor in her decision. She also issued an executive order that requires additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling or discrimination.
Some police organizations that support the bill, including the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, say the legislation has numerous safeguards to protect the rights of minority groups. But opposition to the bill is coming from elected officials in Arizona and at the federal level.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said he has scheduled an item for the Tuesday session of City Council to prepare for legal action against SB 1070. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said corporations should spend their convention dollars elsewhere.
The South Carolina Republican's stunning move could throw a major roadblock in front of two of President Obama's biggest legislative initiatives.
Graham abruptly declared Saturday he's abandoning talks on climate change legislation because he believes Democratic efforts to bring up a separate immigration reform packageÂ are undermining the legislative process.
"Moving forward on immigration - in this hurried, panicked manner - is nothing more than a cynical political ploy," Graham wrote in a sharply worded letter, which was obtained by CNN.
An aide to Graham told CNN the senator no longer plans to attend a major news conference scheduled for Monday with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to unveil details of their "tri-partisan" climate change legislation. Graham is the onlyÂ high-profile Republican who has been working with the White House on the contentious issue.
A senior White House official told CNN that in recent days Graham has been privately threatening that he would abandon the climate talks unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, backed offÂ from plans to push forward with comprehensive immigration reform ahead of the environmental legislation.
Some 1,100 high school students from across the country are now competing in the nation's capital at the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national finals.
The competition involves students testifying as constitutional experts before a supposed "congressional committee" -Â actually a panel of judges. The national finals judges include state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, and others, including Tinker.
When she was a 13-year-old eighth-grader in Des Moines, Iowa, Tinker, along with other students, wore a black armband to school to mourn the dead on both sides of the Vietnam War, and to support a Christmas truce proposed by Sen. Robert Kennedy.
The Des Moines School Board attempted to block the armband demonstration and many students were suspended, including Tinker. In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students, affirming the First Amendment rights of students and teachers.
Tinker, who works as pediatric nurse, told CNN on Sunday, "More than ever, students are speaking up today about issues that affect them and using their constitutional rights as a powerful tool."
The former ironworker has been camping out since Friday morning to apply for a job on Monday.
Braving rain and cold, more than 700 applicants - many of whom pitched small tents on the sidewalk - have been in line along several blocks in Queens, New York, hoping to get a chance at some 100 jobs with the Local 3 Elevator Mechanics Union.
Setting up at 4 a.m. on Friday, Fernandez and his friend had the first tent in line. He told CNN they had planned to flip a coin to decide who'll be first in the door to apply to become an elevator repair apprentice. Starting pay is $15 an hour.
The 24-year-old said he's been out of work for six months and has a 1-year-old son. Fernandez said that union officials told him they were expecting as many as 3,000 jobseekers by Monday.
The Purdue University student wants to test an Iranian cleric's claim that immodestly dressed and promiscuous women cause earthquakes. WLFI-TV in West Lafayette, Indiana, reports that by Friday morning, more than 80,000 people had signed up on Facebook for "Boobquake."
McCreight's idea is that women should wear immodest clothing on Monday to confront the cleric.
"I think a good way to do that is sometimes through humor. If I would have seriously addressed him, I probably would have never gotten a response, but lighthearted mockery could be a good tactic," she explained.
Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi earlier this month said, "Many women who do not dress modestly ...Â lead young men astray ... which increases earthquakes."
McCreight, a genetics and evolution major, says she wants to perform good science to counter the cleric's bad science.
She said, "I'm going to compare the frequency and severity of the earthquakes on the 26th [Monday] to earthquakes previously to that and see if there is a statistical difference."