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Immigration Local and State Report: Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Latinos and immigrants are mobilizing to defeat anti-immigrant legislation in key battleground states. Florida turned out hundreds of advocates to the Florida Capitol, where they were joined by Democrats and Republicans who pledged to oppose attacks on immigrant communities. In Wisconsin, thousands of people gathered at the state legislature to oppose legislation that would criminalize … Continue reading »

Phoenix Explores Proposal to Grant ID Cards to Undocumented Immigrants

Immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona have reason to celebrate the holidays early. Last Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council voted 5-4 in order to advance a proposal that seeks more information on the creation of municipal ID cards for undocumented residents. Specifically, the measure invites the private sector to propose ideas on how to create and execute … Continue reading »

Arizona GOP Senator Flake Calls On AZ GOP To Withdraw Sponsorship Of Trump-Arpaio Event

With praise from Jan Brewer tucked in his Made-In-Mexico pocket, Donald Trump is trekking to Arizona for a rally with Sheriff Joe Arpaio tomorrow — and at least one prominent Arizona Republican is already dreading what is sure to become an immigrant-bashing-palooza. GOP Senator Jeff Flake, who as a member of the Gang of Eight … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Rejects Arizona’s Request To Revive Anti-Immigrant Law

Immigrant rights advocates in Arizona won a huge victory today after the Supreme Court rejected the state’s continued attempt to deny bail to undocumented immigrants. From the Arizona Daily Star: “In a brief order, the majority of the justices rejected a last-minute bid by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to give him a chance to … Continue reading »

DREAMers, Immigration Advocates Celebrate In-State Tuition Victory In Arizona

Arizona DREAMers celebrated a second victory this week, after the Arizona Board of Regents unanimously voted to grant DACA recipients in-state tuition at Arizona’s public universities. Just two days ago, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge ruled that DACA recipients were indeed eligible to pay in-state tuition at Maricopa County community colleges. As Juan Escalante … Continue reading »

Arizona Judge Rules DREAMers Can Get In-State Tuition

An Arizona judge has ruled in favor of undocumented students, putting to rest a lawsuit filed by former Attorney General Tom Horne arguing that undocumented students should not be allowed to pay in-state tuition at Arizona colleges and universities. Back in 2013, the Maricopa County Community College District sought to challenge then-Governor Jan Brewer’s notion that undocumented … Continue reading »

Five Years After SB 1070, Arizona Immigrant Community Marks Victories And Arpaio Is On Trial For Contempt

On April 23, 2010, former Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, one of the nation’s toughest and most controversial pieces of legislation regarding immigration enforcement. Five years later, Arizona remains at the epicenter of the immigrant rights debate. Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of the enactment of SB 10170, Arizona activists took to … Continue reading »

Rep. Ruben Gallego Urges AZ Board Of Regents To Support In-State Tuition Rates For AZ DREAMers

The Arizona Board of Regents is currently considering a proposal that could make college more affordable for DREAMers. Because of a 2006 voter-passed state initiative, undocumented students are currently ineligible for in-state tuition rates. But yesterday, the Arizona Board of Regents announced they’d consider lowering tuition rates for DREAMers who live in Arizona to only … Continue reading »

Sheriff Babeu, HJC Witness Today, Once Appeared on White Supremacist Radio Show

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona will be one of the witnesses testifying at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the “Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws.”  Yesterday we wrote about Babeu’s past with the undocumented lover he threatened, his connection to the John Tanton network, and his planned testimony on how … Continue reading »

Sheriff Arpaio to Face Contempt of Court Proceeding

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has finally done it.  He’s provoked a federal judge into initiating a contempt of court proceeding against him, which will begin in April. Recap: last year, federal judge Murray Snow found Arpaio and his department guilty of racially profiling Latinos, and ordered mandatory reforms to prevent similar discriminatory behavior in the future.  Arpaio … Continue reading »