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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 »

Heat is on House Republicans to Act; Street Heat Brought by Activists Locally; Alabama’s Failed Experiment with Worst-in-the-Nation Immigration Law Officially Ends

Pro-Reform Movement on the March: Will Republicans Get Lifted Up or Left Behind? The immigration movement is mobilizing like never before, demanding policy progress in Washington and throughout the country.  In Washington, the political heat is melting some GOP resistance to immigration reform as more Republicans sign onto to the bipartisan HR 15 bill.  House … Continue reading »

New Video, La Opinión Editorial Push Governor Brown to Sign CA TRUST Act

We’ve written about the immigrant driver’s license bill in California, and our hopes that Governor Jerry Brown will sign it.  There’s also another bill pending that will make drastic improvements to the lives of immigrants–AB 4, also known as the TRUST Act, which will help protect immigrants from deportation when they have not committed any … Continue reading »

Nevada, Connecticut to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Drive

  Update: Also congratulations to Connecticut for moving forward with a bill that will soon protect undocumented immigrants who report crime. All attention for immigration legislation is on the Gang of 8 reform bill that’s soon to hit the Senate floor—but major changes that could benefit immigrants’ lives are also happening at the state level.  … Continue reading »