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Florida State House Passes In-State Tuition Bill, 81-33

The Florida House of Representatives took a long-delayed step forward yesterday, when it approved HB851, an in-state tuition bill for young Florida graduates, by an 81-33 margin.  A similar bill has passed committee in the Senate and is expected to be assigned to other committees soon.  The bill has long been championed by groups like the … Continue reading »

Right Wing Watch: The Cost of Being Kris Kobach's Guinea Pig is High

This week, we’ve written a number of pieces on the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case of anti-immigrant ordinances in Farmers’ Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  Deprived of further opportunities for appeal, these anti-immigrant laws have effectively reached the end of their journey, after the towns that implemented them spent millions of dollars … Continue reading »

After Latest Judicial Setback, Anti-Immigrant Strategy in Shambles

After its latest judicial setback, the anti-immigrant movement’s strategy for long-term victory is in disarray. The centerpiece of their strategy, developed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Mark Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Representative Steve King (R-IA), has been to block immigration reform at the federal level … Continue reading »

Anti-Immigrant Laws in TX, PA, SC Reach the End of the Road

The journey of three local anti-immigrant laws reached a dead end today, with a settlement pending in South Carolina and the Supreme Court refusing to take up housing ordinances from Farmers’ Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Hazleton, PA and Farmers’ Branch, TX have since 2006-2007 both been defending town ordinances that denied housing to undocumented … Continue reading »

Gov. Martinez' New Petition Tries to Strip "Illegal" Immigrants of Driver's Licenses

In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is adding insult to injury for immigrants, with a new petition to repeal driver’s licenses for the undocumented — that refers to them as “illegal.” Gov. Martinez has long crusaded on repealing driver’s licenses for the state’s undocumented population, one of the few in the country legally allowed to … Continue reading »

New York State Assembly Passes DREAM Act, 82-46

Yesterday, the New York state Assembly passed a bill that would make DREAMers eligible for tuition assistance programs in the state.  The bill passed the Assembly by an 82-46 vote, and now heads to the Senate, where it has 27 Democratic sponsors.  That’s five short of the majority needed for the bill to pass.  Govenor … Continue reading »

Washington Legislature Passes State Dream Act, 75-22

Last night, the Washington state legislature passed a financial aid bill for DREAMers when it approved the state senate’s version of the Real HOPE Act (also known as the Washington DREAM Act) in a bipartisan 75-22 vote.  The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee (D)’s desk, and he is expected to sign it. As Gov. … 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 »

Will Fremont, Nebraska Go the Way of Alabama and Arizona?

As we pointed out last week, we are a long way from 2010.  States, rather than passing ugly anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, are signing in-state tuition bills, allowing immigrants to legally drive, and passing measures that would give families some protection from deportation. So why then, is a small … Continue reading »

Quick Hits: Immigration Reform This Week Across the Nation

It’s been a busy week in the fight for immigration reform, between a delivery of turkeys to key House GOP members yesterday, an ongoing fast, a pre-dawn vigil outside of Speaker John Boehner’s home, DREAMers being arrested at Eric Cantor’s office, and advocates in Atlanta and Chicago conducting acts of civil disobedience to stall deportation buses … Continue reading »