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Federal Judge Rules Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and MCSO's History of Racial Profiling

Last summer, we covered a civil rights trial against Arizona’s notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio and allegations that he and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been discriminating against Latino drivers on the basis of race.  Last week, a federal judge officially found that the anti-immigrant practices of Arpaio and MCSO amount to the racial profiling … Continue reading »

Arizonans, Immigrants Show Lots of Love for McCain’s Leadership on Immigration at Phoenix Town Hall

A month after Sen. John McCain faced hostile Tea Partiers opposed to immigration reform at an Arizona town hall, McCain was at it again—and this time found lots of love from Arizonans applauding McCain’s leadership on immigration legislation. Yesterday in Arizona, Mi Familia Vota Education volunteers, with other community organizations, came to a McCain town … Continue reading »

Will Anti-Immigrant "Jerks" Keep Driving the GOP Position on Immigration?

“The only thing that stops them, and I’m afraid to say but it’s too damn bad, but is a gun.  That’s all that will stop them,” said one.  “Cut off their welfare and their stuff and they’ll go back!” another said. These are just a few choice quotes shouted by anti-immigrant die-hards at a recent … Continue reading »

Will Anti-Immigrant "Jerks" Keep Driving GOP Immigration Stance?

“The only thing that stops them, and I’m afraid to say but it’s too damn bad, but is a gun.  That’s all that will stop them,” said one.  “Cut off their welfare and their stuff and they’ll go back!” another said. These are just a few choice excerpts of anti-immigrant diatribes unleashed by some of … Continue reading »

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 »