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Maine’s Governor Railed Against Aid For Immigrants, But His Incompetence Made It Happen

During Paul LePage’s 2014 reelection campaign for Governor of Maine, he established himself as one of the most vehement and ugly anti-immigrant candidates in the country, which was no small feat. He aimed his ire at aslyum seekers, who are among the most vulnerable immigrants. Both Houses of the  Maine Legislature, the Democratically-controlled House and … Continue reading »

Nevada is 26th State Joining Lawsuit Against Executive Action, Leaving Gov. Sandoval in Tough Spot

Nevada has become the 26th state to sign onto the states’ lawsuit against President Obama’s executive action, leaving Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) in a bit of a tough spot. Technically, it’s Nevada’s Attorney General Adam Laxalt who signed the state onto the lawsuit.  But Sandoval is a Latino governor leading a state with one of the largest Latino … Continue reading »

12 States Sign Amicus Brief in Favor of Executive Action

This week, the 25 states suing President Obama over executive action will have their first day in court, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday, January 15.  Today, however, 12 states in favor of executive action threw their support behind President Obama by filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief.  The effort was spearheaded … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Former OH Gov. Ted Strickland Blasts Gov. Kasich and AG DeWine’s Decision to Join Texas Immigration Lawsuit

“I Do Not Know Why this Man Has Chosen to Use Ohio Resources and Ohio’s Prestige in this Way” Last week, the State of Ohio joined nineteen other states in suing the federal government over the President’s recent executive action on immigration.  In addition to subjecting thousands of Ohio families to deportation, the lawsuit, if … Continue reading »

Ohio Leaders Blast Attorney General DeWine’s Decision to Join Texas Immigration Lawsuit

If Successful, Lawsuit Would Deny State Millions in Tax Revenue & Subject Thousands of Ohio Families to Deportation Last week, the State of Ohio joined nineteen other states in suing the federal government over the President’s recent executive action on immigration.  In addition to subjecting thousands of Ohio families to deportation, the lawsuit, if successful, … Continue reading »

Buzzfeed: Alabama’s Draconian Anti-Immigrant Law Dies With A Whimper

Around this time three years ago, America’s Voice and a coalition of other pro-immigration reform groups were part of a major push to roll back Alabama’s HB 56 anti-immigrant law, widely considered to be the harshest in the nation.  The law, as it was initially implemented, legalized racial profiling, required K-12 public schools to keep tabs … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach, Romney Immigration Advisor, Crows Over His Anti-Immigrant Ordinance

This week, Jorge Ramos and Greg Sargent exposed the real GOP platform on immigration, and the fact that what they stand for is more deportations, since they don’t want President Obama to take executive action. Yesterday, the Supreme Court helped an application of that fact make headlines, when it declined to hear the case of Fremont, Nebraska’s anti-immigrant ordinance.  The ordinance, championed … Continue reading »

Republican Speaker of the House Stands Up to Opponents in GOP to Pass Immigration Bill …In Florida

On In-State Tuition Bill In Florida, Speaker Will Weatherford Steps Up; On Immigration Reform in Congress, Speaker John Boehner Steps Back In a must-read story entitled, “How House Speaker Will Weatherford saved the ‘Dreamer’ tuition bill,”  Mark Caputo of the Miami Herald captures the pivotal role played by the Republican leader in using the power … Continue reading »

BREAKING: Florida Senate Approves Tuition Equality for DREAMers, 26-13

In a welcome reversal from just a week ago, the Florida state senate today approved tuition equality for DREAMers by a vote of 26 to 13 — prompting ecstatic cheers from DREAMers and advocates with the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and others, who had been waiting all day for the vote. The bill was facing a … Continue reading »

Florida In-State Tuition is Not Dead if State Senate President Gaetz Does the Right Thing

Below is a press release from the Florida Immigrant Coalition: Yesterday, in-state tuition faced what might have seemed like a terminal roadblock in the Florida Legislature, after Senator Negron and Senate President Don Gaetz released statements in opposition. However, immigrant youth and diverse members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition understand that a bill is not … Continue reading »