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Rep. Ruben Gallego Meets with Arizona Immigrant Youth As Part of “Dreamer Dinners” Campaign

PHOENIX, AZ – Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) joined Arizona immigrant youth to discuss how the repeal of DACA will affect immigrant youth and their families and to commit to pushing policies locally and nationally to protect the 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. In Rep. Gallego’s district, there are 10,000 DACA-recipients and over 15,000 who are DACA-eligible.  Congressman … Continue reading »

Rep. O’Rourke and Rep. Gallego Introduce Legislation To Protect Landowners from Trump’s Wall

For a recording of today’s call, click here. WASHINGTON – Representatives Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) held a press call this afternoon to discuss the details of their new legislation that would prevent the Trump-Pence Administration from poaching private land in order to build their irrational and illogical wall. The Protecting the Property Rights … Continue reading »

Is Donald Trump About to Grant “Amnesty” to Convicted Criminal Joe Arpaio?

The ink is barely dry on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal conviction for contempt of court — he hasn’t even been sentenced yet — but best buddy Donald Trump is reportedly already considering a pardon for Maricopa County’s deposed and disgraced lawman, possibly to be announced at Trump’s rally in Phoenix tomorrow. There are all kinds … Continue reading »

Trump’s Upcoming Phoenix Speech: Next Stop in Ongoing White Nationalism Tour

Reminders that white nationalist and anti-immigrant movements are inextricably tied together The past few weeks have brought home for many what has been clear to us since day one: white nationalism is a persistent feature of this President and this Administration, not a bug. Ahead of President Trump’s speech in Phoenix tomorrow, it’s worth remembering that the anti-immigrant … Continue reading »

Arizona Republic Editorial: Dreamers Are Arizonans, Give Them In-State Tuition

At the Arizona Republic this week is an editorial calling on the state to reinstate in-state tuition for immigrant students, by overturning a 2006 ballot measure that withheld the lower rate for Dreamers. “These are our children,” the editorial states, “these are Arizona’s kids.” In June, an appeals court handed down a devastating ruling for … Continue reading »

“America’s Toughest Sheriff” is Now a Convicted Criminal

Arizona’s deposed Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once self-dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, was found guilty of criminal contempt today, capping off some ten years of legal efforts against Arpaio. The sheriff known for tent cities, forcing inmates to wear pink underwear, a fervently pugilistic anti-immigrant stance, and a belief that he is above the law was found … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Arizona and America

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including nearly 28,000 in Arizona. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As a result, many … Continue reading »

Court Overturns Arizona In-State Tuition for DACA-mented Dreamers

Yesterday, an appeals court ruled that DACA-mented Dreamers will no longer be able to receive Arizona in-state tuition. The appeals court overturned a 2015 decision finding that Dreamers with DACA status are legally present, and said that federal laws allow each state to decide which benefits DACA-mented Dreamers can access. Under a 2006 proposition, the … Continue reading »

Town Halls This Week: Arizona Says “No Stupid Wall” While Virginia Opposes Sheriff’s Partnership With ICE

Congress is in recess, which means that town halls this week and next week will offer a glimpse how voters are responding to the Trump Administration’s agenda and how Congress is reacting to it. Two town halls this week in Arizona and Virginia demonstrated that on immigration (along with other issues), the answer is: not … Continue reading »

Sheriff Arpaio’s Tent City Circus Comes to an End

It took nearly a quarter of a century for one of the most notorious symbols of discrimination, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment to collapse. In Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio reigned almost unchecked from 1993 to 2016, when he lost his reelection campaign for a seventh term. A new administration now runs the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, … Continue reading »

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