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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 »

Brewer's Defeat With AZ Driver's Licenses Should Be Warning to GOP Governors Opposed to Executive Action

On the first day of DACA implementation in August 2012, DREAMers around the nation lined up by the thousands to seek application guidance and file for relief.  It was a historic day, momentous and jubilant for DREAMers, allies, and the immigration reform movement. And then in swooped Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer (R), who chose that day to announce … Continue reading »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Who is Suing Obama, Is In Danger of Contempt of Court

Opponents of immigration reform like to treat Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio as some kind of tough-guy hero — Fox News today cut coverage of President Obama’s Nevada speech to switch to an interview with Arpaio.  And today, Arpaio became one of the first to announce that he will be filing a lawsuit against Obama over the … Continue reading »

Appeals Court Strikes Down Jan Brewer's Order Refusing Driver's Licenses to DREAMers

Almost two years ago, on the first day that DREAMers were allowed to sign up for DACA, news coverage featured young immigrants in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles lining up by the thousands while waiting for help with their paperwork.  Meanwhile, in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer chose the exact same day to make a particularly … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Hauls Sheriff Arpaio Back to Court, Calls Arpaio Out for Defiance of Court Order

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently, can’t stop getting into trouble. A long record of misdeeds finally caught up with Arpaio last fall, when US District Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to cease enforcement practices that use racial profiling to discriminate against Latinos.  To ensure that the department complied, the judge … Continue reading »

NEW REPORT: Changing Demographics in Arizona and the Politics of Immigration

New Report Details How Immigration Reform is Shaping Politics in the State & Opportunities and Challenges for Both Parties    The longer House Republicans delay a vote on immigration reform in Washington, the worse the long-term political consequences.  Case in point: Arizona. A new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, illustrates … Continue reading »

Arizona GOP Rep.'s Bill Would Prohibit Certain Immigrants from Accessing Public Roads, Other Public Services

Currently, House Republicans are in the process of kicking the immigration reform can down the road, refusing to bring 11 million people out of the shadows or address their Latino vote problems because they’re still too afraid of their base to tackle legislation.  As all of these commentators have pointed out, not taking advantage of … Continue reading »

A Rough Start in 2014 for the Anti-Immigrant Movement

Choice for GOP is Clear: Be Defined by the Nativists or Be Competitive With a Changing American Electorate It’s been a bad week for the anti-immigrant movement.  Actually, it’s been a bad couple of years.  They are facing criticism from the right, their standing with Republicans is waning and they have zero influence with Democrats. … Continue reading »