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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 »

Alabama Gov. Bentley to Alabama Students: I Insist, Show Me Your Papers

Yesterday, the state of Alabama filed a motion asking the full 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear arguments about the state’s worst-in-the-nation anti-immigration law.  The Alabama law, HB 56, made international news for targeting schoolchildren in an overzealous attempt to make their undocumented parents self-deport.  Alabama’s appeal comes after a three judge panel from … Continue reading »

Alabama Governor to Alabama Students: I Insist, Show Me Your Papers

State Appeals Ruling on Immigration Law Out of “Principle” in Ugly Preview of Life Under Kobach/Romney Self-Deportation Plan Yesterday, the state of Alabama filed a motion asking the full 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear arguments about the state’s worst in the nation anti-immigration law.  The Alabama law, HB 56, made international news for … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Californians to Rally in Support of Trust Act, Ask Governor Brown to Sign Common Sense Immigration Measure

On Friday, the California State Assembly voted to pass the Trust Act in a 48-26 vote. Briefly, the Trust Act is the opposite of anti-immigrant legislation that is currently plaguing the country, and is a clear alternative to the Secure Communities enforcement program (which costs taxpayers in the state upto $65 million/year, according to a … Continue reading »