Gov. Ducey a 'no comment' on latest federal immigration orders

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Gov. Ducey wouldn't comment on President Trump's new guidelines for tougher immigration enforcement. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Gov. Ducey wouldn't comment on President Trump's new guidelines for tougher immigration enforcement. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The government released new guidelines on Tuesday that get tougher on illegal immigration.

The orders call for the immediate return of Mexican immigrants captured at the border, hiring 15,000 more employees for ICE and the border and prosecuting parents who pay smugglers to bring their children into the country.

It also expands the number of immigrants who could face deportation to now include those without a criminal conviction.

Under the Obama administration, immigration officials focused on immigrants with criminal histories.

Local activists say going after immigrants who haven't been convicted of a crime is a violation of basic civil rights

"That is one of the most alarming pieces because it completely eliminates any kind of due process and it ignores our basic civil rights," Maria Castro, an immigration activist, said.

Gov. Doug Ducey held off on commenting, saying, "I want to see the plan. I want to understand the details before I comment."

And when asked when he plans to read the orders, the governor said, "As soon as I get some time, I'll read it. But I I want to say, I have a day job here as the governor of Arizona. I'm not sitting around watching a Twitter feed all day."

It's been estimated that over 300,000 undocumented immigrants live in Arizona.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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