In response to the news that Arizona will not pursue a state constitutional ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” – which do not actually exist in Arizona – the following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: This is a significant victory for the immigrant movement and Latino communities throughout Arizona. They… Continue »

Undocumented immigrants in New York can now apply for driver’s licenses in the state.  The “Green Light Law,” which allows all New York residents over the age of 16 to apply for a standard driver’s license regardless of immigration status, went into effect on Monday and hundreds celebrated across DMV offices in the state.  Lines… Continue »

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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »