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BREAKING: California State Senate Passed TRUST Act

Major progress in the California State Senate this afternoon. We got the good news via twitter from National Day Labor Organizing Network’s (NDLON) Chris Newman: TRUSTACTpassed out of the California Senate — Chris Newman (@newman_chris) July 5, 2012 This bill is basically the antithesis of Arizona’s SB 1070. It’s designed to ensure that the federal “Secure Communities” … Continue reading »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives SB 1070 Quiz on House Floor: "Pick Out The Immigrant"

Immigration reform champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) took to the House floor this morning to discuss the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070, Arizona’s “show me your papers” law. Gutierrez gave a quiz titled, “Pick Out The Immigrant.” Watch the speech below.  You’ll hear Gutierrez ask how Arizona officials determine which of the following are immigrants … Continue reading »

Presser by Immigration Advocates on Failure of DHS Deportation Policy Gets Extensive Media Coverage

As we reported yesterday, immigration lawyers, community leaders, and advocates representing a broad spectrum of Latino and immigrant communities declared the Department of Homeland Security’s implementation of prosecutorial discretion a failure and asked the Obama Administration to take immediate action to protect families, DREAM Act eligible youth, and those standing up for their civil and … Continue reading »

Arpaio Boasts About His "Concentration Camp," Calls Out Puente Arizona For Challenging Him

Just when you think Sheriff Joe Arpaio can’t sink any lower, he does. Arpaio, as you’ll see in the video below, proudly compares his infamous Tent City to concentration camps: I already have a concentration camp. It’s called Tent City. Concentration camps in the United States? In 2012? The strangest thing is that he’s proud … Continue reading »

In Georgia, Anti-immigrant Law's "Harmful Effects Already Being Felt"

Alabama and its anti-immigrant legislative vendetta have been in the news for the past few weeks. And we’re awaiting a Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s SB 1070. But we can’t forget about the other states that have passed these ugly laws — like Georgia. Writing at Huffington Post on the anniversary of the passage of Georgia’s … Continue reading »

NYT's "The Powers of New York" Includes Dream Activists

Sunday’s New York Times featured a profile on “The Powers of New York,” described as: Influence in New York is now wielded by a larger and more diverse array of people. As part of a special issue of Metropolitan, here’s a look at who is at the top and who may be on the way, as … Continue reading »

SEIU Files NAFTA Complaint Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant HB 56

One of our most stalwart allies in the fight for immigration reform is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Yesterday, SEIU stepped up — again — in the battle against Alabama’s egregious anti-immigrant law, HB 56, by filing a complaint using provisions of NAFTA. From SEIU: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a Mexican … Continue reading »