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Arizona Republic Names Erika Andiola as One of "14 Individuals Poised to Change Arizona"

A very nice – and fitting  — tribute to an amazing activist: The year is speeding to its conclusion. A new year is poised to begin, full of hope and promise. It’s a new beginning. Who will make a difference? History is driven by events, but also by men and women. There will be many … Continue reading »

Arizona Republic to AZ Congressional Delegation: Get Behind Immigration Reform

Today, the Arizona Republic has an important editorial calling on their Congressional delegation–notably Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert–to support immigration reform.  Arizona’s Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, were leaders in the push to pass the Senate bill earlier this year, but Arizona’s Republican House members have yet to even … Continue reading »

MUST-WATCH: Fusion’s Jorge Ramos Interviews Sheriff Joe Arpaio

It’s an interview that Jorge Ramos has been teasing for months, but the anchor’s interview with Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally aired last weekend, ending the inaugural week of ABC News-Univision’s new joint network, Fusion. Heated and confrontational at times, Arpaio during his interview with Ramos maintained that his department does not “go around … Continue reading »

After Just One Day, Rep. Trent Franks Walks Back Support for Path to Citizenship

4:14 PM UPDATE: Here’s an excerpted statement from Promise Arizona: “We remind Mr. Franks that more than two-thirds of Arizonans support an immigration reform plan that includes a path to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented population, because they understand that the current system causes incredible pain and suffering among immigrants and their families, and ignores the … Continue reading »

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) Becomes 29th House Republican to Support Immigration, Citizenship

EDIT: Unfortunately, Franks has since walked back his support. This weekend, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) became the first House Republican to support HR 15, and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) became the 29th House Republican to support immigration reform with a path to citizenship. According to the Arizona Republic, immigration reform advocates who camped outside Franks’ house last … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Arizona Families Call on Boehner to Act on Immigration Reform

Today, more than 50 immigration reform advocates–including children and DREAMers–arrived on Capitol Hill from Phoenix, Arizona to pray for Speaker Boehner and push him to have the courage to move forward on immigration reform.  Though the advocates stood, prayed, and waited outside Boehner’s office all day, the only word from Boehner’s staff was that the … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio Must Have Court-Appointed Monitor for No Less than 3 Years

Last summer, we wrote extensively about a civil lawsuit against Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio that could finally make him answer for years of racial profiling and police-power abuse.  Now the Sheriff’s day of reckoning is coming, after a ruling from US District Judge Murray Snow (and months of negotiations) decided that Arpaio’s office must submit to … Continue reading »

Jan Brewer's Arizona Extends Driver's License Ban to All Recipients of Deferred Action

In a move widely condemned as unnecessary, vengeful, and vindictive, Jan Brewer’s Arizona this week announced that it would no longer issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who receive deferred action. Last year, on the very day that President Obama’s deferred action for DREAMers / DACA program began, Jan Brewer made headlines when she issued an … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Officials Take A Stand Against Secure Communities and SAFE Act

Two of the most inaccurately named public policies have to be “Secure Communities” and the “SAFE Act.” Neither keeps communities secure or safe. Instead, they breed fear and profiling. And, some law enforcement officials are taking a stand against them, including one, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who used to be on the other side. Immigration advocates … Continue reading »

Arizona Republic: Anti-Immigrant Movement Failing to Pick Up Steam

In the last couple of weeks, reporters and commentators have made clear that when it comes to August and immigration reform, pro-reform advocates have decisively won the day.  Our side has turned out far more people, who are much more enthusiastic, at significantly more events, and made our views known to more members of Congress. … Continue reading »