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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 »

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 »