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If Mitt Actually Were Mexican, Would He Still Support Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” Immigration Law?

Washington, DC – Yesterday, a U.S. District judge lifted an injunction against the “show me your papers” provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant law, allowing this Draconian provision to go into effect.  It’s widely agreed that implementation of this provision will involve rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona, and additional legal challenges will be brought to … Continue reading »

Judge Allows Racial Profiling to Begin in Arizona, Advocates Continue Fight Against SB 1070

It’s an ugly day for justice in Arizona: A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state’s immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called “show me your papers” provision. The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is the latest … Continue reading »

A Reminder: Why Politics Matters

Yesterday featured some stark reminders of why politics and elections matter. On stage at last night’s Democratic National Convention, DREAM Act advocate Benita Veliz spoke to the assembled delegates and television audience and shared her compelling personal story: “I graduated as a valedictorian of my high school class at the age of 16, and I … Continue reading »

A Reminder of Why Politics Matters

As Republican-Drafted SB 1070 Provision Goes Forward,  Democrats Feature Undocumented Leader at Convention Frank Sharry: “The Contrast Could Not Be Clearer, The Stakes Could Not be Higher” Yesterday featured some stark reminders of why politics and elections matter. On stage at last night’s Democratic National Convention, DREAM Act advocate Benita Veliz spoke to the assembled … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Jan Brewer Mistakenly Endorses President Obama at Republican National Convention

Yesterday, during MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention, Reporter Ron Mott secured an interview with Governor Jan Brewer – one that turned out to be gleefully surprising for us…and perhaps horrific for her (which, I must say, added to my joy). Mott asks: Let me ask you, if you’ve had conversations with Governor Romney … Continue reading »

Anti-Immigrant Russel Pearce Loses in Comeback Bid to Arizona State Politics

Russell Pearce, once of the champions of the Arizona anti-immigrant law, went down to defeat yesterday in his Republican State Senate primary…for the 2nd time! He lost by nearly 12 points to businessman Bob Worsley. He also lost to Jerry Lewis in a historic recall election last February. This primary was supposed to be Pearce’s comeback bid. Pearce crafted … Continue reading »

Day 2 of the RNC: Bring Out the Politicians With the Hispanic Last Names…and the Harsh Anti-Immigrant Platform

At a lunchtime panel with the Hispanic Leadership Network, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, and Jeb Bush sat down to talk about being governor of their respective states, and interestingly, how to talk to Latino voters about immigration. While Jeb Bush has consistently been moderate on immigration, both Martinez and Sandoval have mishandled the issue in … Continue reading »

Russell Pearce, Leading Anti-Immigrant Voice in Arizona, Loses Second Election in Ten Months

Voters Once Again Rejected Pearce’s Extreme Views, Which Have Been Included in RNC Platform  Washington, DC – Russell Pearce, former Arizona State Senate President and hard-core anti-immigrant extremist, went down to defeat yesterday in his Republican State Senate primary, losing by nearly 12 points to businessman Bob Worsley. This was Pearce’s second electoral loss this year. He … Continue reading »

Immigrant Youth in Alabama Protest Against Mitt Romney and His Anti-Immigrant Vision

Yesterday, when Mitt Romney visited Birmingham, Alabama for a fundraising event at the city’s exclusive restaurant — “The Club” — he was met outside by a number of protestors from the Immigrant Youth Leadership Initiative of Alabama. The group chanted “education, not deportation” and held up signs that read “no papers, no fear.” Last year, … Continue reading »