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Sen. John McCain: Yeah, I called Anti-Immigrant Jerk A "Jerk" – And I Stand By It

While cable news channels have been in its usual hysterics over a few hard-core anti-immigrant cranks showing up at a Senator John McCain town hall meeting this week, the person most unbothered by those cranks has been Senator John McCain himself.  He dismissed the confrontation as a normal event, saying “I’ve done town halls for … Continue reading »

USCIS Approves 154,000 DACA Applications, Defines Legal Status That Allows Driver's Licenses

Last week, we learned that since President Obama announced the deferred action (DACA) program last June, 154,404  eligible DREAMers have made it through the process and been approved. Via Univision: To date, 154,404 young undocumented immigrants have been approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program active since August. The program gives … Continue reading »

Passage of Illinois Drivers License Bill is a Huge Victory

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill yesterday that will grant temporary drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, moving the bill to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) who plans to sign it into law.  The legislation passed due to the tireless work of advocates like the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the support … Continue reading »

Anti-immigrant Law SB 1070 Continues to Drag Down Arizona's Image and Economy

With the passage of SB 1070 in 2010, Arizona became the first state in the nation to sanction the kind of ugly anti-immigrant politics that states like Alabama and Georgia now also practice.  Despite warnings about its racial profiling provisions and the potential for negative impact on the state, the anti-immigrant zealots in Arizona were … Continue reading »

A Loss For Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Court: Judge Won't Dismiss Bias Case Brought By Dept. Of Justice

This is a headline we like to see: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Loses Bid to Dismiss U.S. Bias Lawsuit The loss against Sheriff Joe means the lawsuit against him will proceed: Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department that accuses him and his officers … Continue reading »

Nevada Governor Sandoval Supports Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

Could some in the non-extremist wing of the GOP be slowly starting to “get it” on immigration?  Yesterday, the Huffington Post reported that the state of Nevada—led by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval—is the latest to confirm that it will allow DREAMers recognized by President Obama’s deferred action (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses.  From the Elise Foley: Receiving … Continue reading »