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AZ DREAMers Already Lining Up for Driver's Licenses, While Arpaio is in DC Petitioning for Deportations

Sheriff Joe Arpaio today is asking a federal judge to suspend President Obama’s executive action until a court ruling can be issued on the constitutionality of the action.  In other words, it’s three days before Christmas, and Arpaio is petitioning a federal court for the resumption of deportations that separate families. Back in Arizona, of course, it’s Arpaio … Continue reading »

National Journal: Russell Pearce, Despite SB 1070 Disaster, is Unapologetic

At National Journal today is an interview with Russell Pearce, the former Arizona state senate president who was responsible for passing SB 1070 into law.  The entire interview is worth reading.  Years after he was recalled for his role in passing SB 1070, then outvoted when he tried to return to the state senate, Pearce is unapologetic, still … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Denies Stay: Jan Brewer is Out of Options and AZ DREAMers to FINALLY Apply for Licenses

It took a decision from the Supreme Court, but Jan Brewer’s executive order denying Arizona DREAMers driver’s licenses is finally out of legal options, paving the way for immigrant youth in the state to begin applying as soon as this week. It’s a case that stretches back to 2012 and the very first day of DACA implementation, … Continue reading »

Today's HJC Witness Jay Sekulow Supported Arizona's SB 1070

h/t Center for New Community Today, the House Judiciary Committee is beginning its assault on President Obama’s new executive order for immigrants, with a hearing entitled “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration.”  The Republican majority gets three witnesses, one of which is a Mr. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice. … Continue reading »

Brewer's Defeat With AZ Driver's Licenses Should Be Warning to GOP Governors Opposed to Executive Action

On the first day of DACA implementation in August 2012, DREAMers around the nation lined up by the thousands to seek application guidance and file for relief.  It was a historic day, momentous and jubilant for DREAMers, allies, and the immigration reform movement. And then in swooped Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer (R), who chose that day to announce … Continue reading »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Who is Suing Obama, Is In Danger of Contempt of Court

Opponents of immigration reform like to treat Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio as some kind of tough-guy hero — Fox News today cut coverage of President Obama’s Nevada speech to switch to an interview with Arpaio.  And today, Arpaio became one of the first to announce that he will be filing a lawsuit against Obama over the … Continue reading »

Appeals Court Strikes Down Jan Brewer's Order Refusing Driver's Licenses to DREAMers

Almost two years ago, on the first day that DREAMers were allowed to sign up for DACA, news coverage featured young immigrants in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles lining up by the thousands while waiting for help with their paperwork.  Meanwhile, in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer chose the exact same day to make a particularly … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Hauls Sheriff Arpaio Back to Court, Calls Arpaio Out for Defiance of Court Order

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently, can’t stop getting into trouble. A long record of misdeeds finally caught up with Arpaio last fall, when US District Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to cease enforcement practices that use racial profiling to discriminate against Latinos.  To ensure that the department complied, the judge … Continue reading »

NEW REPORT: Changing Demographics in Arizona and the Politics of Immigration

New Report Details How Immigration Reform is Shaping Politics in the State & Opportunities and Challenges for Both Parties    The longer House Republicans delay a vote on immigration reform in Washington, the worse the long-term political consequences.  Case in point: Arizona. A new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, illustrates … Continue reading »