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North Carolina Gov. Cooper’s Veto a Victory for Common-Sense Policymaking and Rejection of Divisive Partisan Fear-Mongering

The news that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation that would subvert local law enforcement’s authority and force local sheriffs to act as ICE deportation agents is a positive step for pragmatic policymaking and common-sense. As Governor Cooper rightfully noted in a message accompanying his veto, “This legislation is simply about scoring partisan … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Miami Herald: “Florida Senate Bill 168 will hurt our communities and our economy” says Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

In a must read piece, former Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida wrote an op-ed that ran today in the Miami Herald denouncing the Republican anti-immigrant bill that is slated for a vote today in the Florida Senate. SB 168 would require all jurisdictions and state agencies to serve as federal immigration officers to help … Continue reading »

“HB 527/SB 168 Is An Unforced Error Republicans Can Avoid”: What Reporters Need To Ask About Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Bill in Advance of Senate Vote

“As a state, Florida has the reputation nationally of being the place where bad things happen to dumb people who didn’t anticipate the consequences of their actions. Lawmakers in Tallahassee should play against type.” Florida Republicans passed a state ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” through the lower House of the legislature this week which sets … Continue reading »

Local Legislative Update: Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Legislation has Deep Ties to Hate Group, and Advocates Fight Back

Anti-immigrant groups this year saw a new opening in Florida to pass their xenophobic legislative goals after Ron DeSantis, an anti-immigrant extremist and Donald Trump sycophant, narrowly won the gubernatorial election in 2018. Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN), a local anti-immigrant group, has been pushing Florida legislators to advance their extremist legislation since 2011.  Two … Continue reading »

Local Legislation Update: Missouri’s SB 1070 Copycat and In-State Tuition Bills

Yesterday in Missouri’s capital, advocates for immigrant and refugee rights from across the state gathered for a lobby day where they spoke to legislators about immigration bills coming up this session. The lobby day, led by Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), focused on preventing anti-immigrant legislation from moving forward and promoting legislation that would … Continue reading »

Florida Families and Advocates Rally Against SB168/HB527

Here is a recording of the call. Earlier today, Florida families and advocates came together after protesting in the state’s capital to oppose the harmful, anti-immigrant state bills SB168/HB527. Those impacted by the policies as well as allies and advocates agree the proposed legislation would strip the civil liberties of millions of U.S. citizens and … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Florida Advocates Rally Against Anti-Immigrant SB 168

Today, over 300 Florida families, agricultural workers, faith leaders, educators, immigrant youth, led by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, United We Dream, and other advocates are coming together in the state capitol to oppose a new anti-immigrant bill, SB 168 / HB 527. The advocates have spent the last few days asking lawmakers to oppose the … Continue reading »

Advocates Defend California Values Act from Ugly, Out-of-State Hate Groups

Last fall, the California Values Act was signed into law, curtailing cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials and underscoring California’s role as a leader of the anti-Trump resistance. Studies have shown that jurisdictions with pro-immigrant policies are safer than those without them, and cities and states with such policies have been a … Continue reading »

Bipartisan Group of Governors Call on Congress to Pass Urgent Dreamer Solution

CNN Poll: Americans Across Ideologies Agree A bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to congressional leaders in both parties today urging them to “come together quickly to shape a bipartisan solution that allows our Dreamers to remain in the United States and continue their constructive contributions to our society.”  The letter was signed by Republican and … Continue reading »