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Arizona Republic Editorial: Dreamers Are Arizonans, Give Them In-State Tuition

At the Arizona Republic this week is an editorial calling on the state to reinstate in-state tuition for immigrant students, by overturning a 2006 ballot measure that withheld the lower rate for Dreamers. “These are our children,” the editorial states, “these are Arizona’s kids.” In June, an appeals court handed down a devastating ruling for … Continue reading »

“America’s Toughest Sheriff” is Now a Convicted Criminal

Arizona’s deposed Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once self-dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, was found guilty of criminal contempt today, capping off some ten years of legal efforts against Arpaio. The sheriff known for tent cities, forcing inmates to wear pink underwear, a fervently pugilistic anti-immigrant stance, and a belief that he is above the law was found … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Arizona and America

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including nearly 28,000 in Arizona. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As a result, many … Continue reading »

Court Overturns Arizona In-State Tuition for DACA-mented Dreamers

Yesterday, an appeals court ruled that DACA-mented Dreamers will no longer be able to receive Arizona in-state tuition. The appeals court overturned a 2015 decision finding that Dreamers with DACA status are legally present, and said that federal laws allow each state to decide which benefits DACA-mented Dreamers can access. Under a 2006 proposition, the … Continue reading »

Town Halls This Week: Arizona Says “No Stupid Wall” While Virginia Opposes Sheriff’s Partnership With ICE

Congress is in recess, which means that town halls this week and next week will offer a glimpse how voters are responding to the Trump Administration’s agenda and how Congress is reacting to it. Two town halls this week in Arizona and Virginia demonstrated that on immigration (along with other issues), the answer is: not … Continue reading »

Sheriff Arpaio’s Tent City Circus Comes to an End

It took nearly a quarter of a century for one of the most notorious symbols of discrimination, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment to collapse. In Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio reigned almost unchecked from 1993 to 2016, when he lost his reelection campaign for a seventh term. A new administration now runs the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, … Continue reading »

Thousands Ask Governors to Keep National Guard Out of Trump’s Deportation Force

Campaign gathers tens of thousands of signatures asking Governors in six states to not comply with Trump immigration crackdown, keep National Guard out of Trump’s deportation force Last month, the Associated Press reported that the Trump Administration was considering a plan that would have allowed Governors to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops … Continue reading »

Arizona Advocates Livestream Donald Trump’s Deportation Force In Action

Yesterday, we saw Donald Trump’s deportation force in action when ICE detained, and then deported an undocumented mother of two U.S. Citizens in Arizona. After being arrested in by anti-immigrant zealot Joe Arpaio in 2008 during an unconstitutional workplace raid, Guadalupe “Lupita” García de Rayos diligently attended yearly check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Priority for Deportation? A Phoenix Mom with Two American Kids Trying to Comply with the Law

The Trump Administration’s treatment of Guadalupe García de Rayos – an Arizona mom of two U.S. citizens, who came to America more than twenty years ago at the age of 14 – is proof that his agents are indeed pursuing a policy of total, unrelenting, un-prioritized deportations as outlined in his interior enforcement executive order. … Continue reading »

This Week in the Immigration Debate: Litigation on Muslim and Refugee Bans; Refugee Update; Trump’s Deportation Force Targets Mother of U.S. Citizen Kids in Arizona

With immigration and refugee issues taking center stage in the first weeks of the Trump Administration, America’s Voice Education Fund will resume its weekly “Office Hours” press briefing today, February 10 at 1 pm EST. On today’s call, legal experts and immigration and refugee advocates will provide updates on litigation challenging Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban; refugee … Continue reading »