According to a new video released by Arizona DREAMer Erika Andiola and covered by Buzzfeed, Teodulo Sanchez was heading home from work last Friday when he was pulled over and repeatedly threatened by a Buckeye, Arizona police officer. As the police officer during the encounter said: Weapons? No weapons in your car? Keep your hands where I… Continue »

Almost two years ago, on the first day that DREAMers were allowed to sign up for DACA, news coverage featured young immigrants in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles lining up by the thousands while waiting for help with their paperwork.  Meanwhile, in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer chose the exact same day to make a particularly… Continue »

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently, can’t stop getting into trouble. A long record of misdeeds finally caught up with Arpaio last fall, when US District Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to cease enforcement practices that use racial profiling to discriminate against Latinos.  To ensure that the department complied, the judge… Continue »

New Report Details How Immigration Reform is Shaping Politics in the State & Opportunities and Challenges for Both Parties    The longer House Republicans delay a vote on immigration reform in Washington, the worse the long-term political consequences.  Case in point: Arizona. A new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, illustrates… Continue »

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 »

Choice for GOP is Clear: Be Defined by the Nativists or Be Competitive With a Changing American Electorate It’s been a bad week for the anti-immigrant movement.  Actually, it’s been a bad couple of years.  They are facing criticism from the right, their standing with Republicans is waning and they have zero influence with Democrats.… Continue »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, after decades of perpetrating criminally unjust enforcement practices against undocumented immigrants, is not sitting pretty these days, and seems to be finally facing his reckoning.  Last year, a federal judge found Arpaio and his department guilty of practicing discriminatory immigration enforcement tactics, including racial profiling, and ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the office… Continue »

Apparently, actor-turned-fake-lawman Steven Seagal is thinking about running for governor of Arizona.  During an interview with ABC 15, Seagal promoted his reality TV show–shot in collaboration with none other than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio–and talked about a potential future in politics.  As Seagal said: Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for… Continue »

A very nice – and fitting  — tribute to an amazing activist: The year is speeding to its conclusion. A new year is poised to begin, full of hope and promise. It’s a new beginning. Who will make a difference? History is driven by events, but also by men and women. There will be many… Continue »

Today, the Arizona Republic has an important editorial calling on their Congressional delegation–notably Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert–to support immigration reform.  Arizona’s Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, were leaders in the push to pass the Senate bill earlier this year, but Arizona’s Republican House members have yet to even… Continue »