/ Modified apr 24, 2017 9:01 a.m.

Episode 133: Reaction to Immigration Crackdown

Plus, controversy over proposed UA Honors College dorms, interring indigent vets, more.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Nogales this week, announced changes to federal immigration enforcement policy, mainly saying there will be more.

Sessions said there will be more immigration prosecutors and judges, and fewer people in the country without documentation will be overlooked than in the past.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., said it's a lot of rhetoric.

Bisbee resident Gayle McBride, protesting near where Sessions spoke in Nogales, also reacted to his statements about toughening immigration enforcement.

Also in this episode:

  • The University of Arizona is working with a private developer to construct a new Honors College dormitory north of the main campus. The UA has said the dorm will help connect the honors community, which is spread across campus.

City Councilman Steve Kozachik said the process the UA has taken is skirting city zoning and development regulations. Neighborhood resident Diana Lett said the UA is skirting city rule by not holding a formal public process. University officials declined to be interviewed for this story.

  • Tucson Electric Power customers can now choose from several rate plans for their electricity bill. AZPM’s Zac Ziegler explained the new rate structures and how customers can figure out which one makes the most sense for them.

The details are complicated, with your bill in hand watch the explaination again.

  • This weekend, dozens of homeless or indigent veterans will be laid to rest with formal military burial ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Marana.

Shaun Pfund and Ed Torres, two organizers of the local Missing in America Project, explained their service and what it means to take cremains to the cemetery. The national Missing in America Project aims to identify deceased veterans and connect them with remaining family or provide burial services.

Saturday’s service begins at the Adair Funeral Home, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Oro Valley at 8 a.m.

It continues at about 10:30 a.m. the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Marana, 15950 N. Luckett Road.

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