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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 »

Federal Judge Halts Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Worksite Raids

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has not been having a good time in court lately.  Not only is he in serious trouble with the law himself at home in Arizona, but his lawsuit against President Obama’s executive action was tossed out two days before Christmas.  And now, yet another federal judge has issued an injunction halting workplace raids, one of … Continue reading »

Arizona DREAMers Begin Lining Up At Dawn for Driver's Licenses

Arizona’s famously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio spent today trying to argue in favor of more deportations — but in Arizona it was a joyous day for local DREAMers, who were finally able to start applying for driver’s licenses after a protracted legal battle with Gov. Jan Brewer.  In photos and tweets, DREAMers were all smiles as they … Continue reading »

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 »