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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Written by on August 7, 2013 in Border, Enforcement, Republicans, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Anti-immigrant politicians suffer from a chronic inability to understand that immigration reform must be truly comprehensive if it is to be effective. That is, all facets of the extremely complex U.S. immigration system must be fixed at the same time if the system as a whole is to function properly—everything from border enforcement to family [...]

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Courts Continue to Reject Arizona Style Laws, Even as House Embraces SAFE Act

Courts Continue to Reject Arizona Style Laws, Even as House Embraces SAFE Act

Last year, in Arizona v. United States, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the federal government, rather than the states, has both the responsibility and the authority to enforce immigration law.  Leaving immigration enforcement to the whims of individual state legislatures and law enforcement officers was, according to the Court, likely to undermine the federal framework [...]

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Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Less than six months after it received a stinging rebuke from the Supreme Court, Arizona today was hit with another major lawsuit over its punitive immigration policies—this time challenging its practice of denying driver’s licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Filed in federal court in Phoenix, the class-action suit [...]

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Arizona’s Immigration Policies are an Economic Disaster

Arizona’s Immigration Policies are an Economic Disaster

Faced with a battered, post-recession economy, lawmakers in Arizona adopted a unique approach to fostering economic recovery; they passed a law that beat down or drove out tens of thousands of the state’s workers, consumers, and taxpayers. The rationale for this counterintuitive action was that the workers, consumers, and taxpayers in question were unauthorized immigrants, [...]

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New Injunction Sought in Challenge to Arizona SB 1070

New Injunction Sought in Challenge to Arizona SB 1070

Late Tuesday night, opponents of Arizona SB 1070 filed new papers in court seeking to block Section 2(B) from taking effect, arguing that state legislators were driven by anti-Latino bias and that the provision will inevitably result in constitutional violations. The motion, filed by civil rights groups, cited numerous previously undisclosed emails from former State [...]

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In Arizona Case, Supreme Court Affirms Legality of Prosecutorial Discretion

In Arizona Case, Supreme Court Affirms Legality of Prosecutorial Discretion

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the restrictionist movement on Monday by striking down three provisions of Arizona SB 1070 and leaving a fourth vulnerable to future challenge. But in a lesser noticed development, the Court also undercut the arguments of critics who contend the President violated the Constitution by recently directing his administration [...]

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DHS Rescinds Part of Controversial 287(g) Program in Arizona

DHS Rescinds Part of Controversial 287(g) Program in Arizona

The Obama administration suspended part of its controversial 287(g) program in Arizona this week following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. United States. DHS announced that it was ending its “287(g) task force agreements” in Arizona —agreements which deputize certain local police to enforce immigration laws. Other state immigration programs, however, like Secure Communities [...]

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Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070

The Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling on Monday in the Obama administration’s challenge to Arizona SB 1070. By a 5-3 margin, the Justices upheld the injunction against provisions of the law that authorize police to arrest immigrants suspected of committing removable offenses (Section 6), and that impose penalties under state law for immigrants who fail to carry [...]

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Obama Administration Files Suit Against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Obama Administration Files Suit Against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Earlier today, the Department of Justice filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office alleging a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior against Latinos. According to the complaint, officers under Arpaio’s command targeted Latino drivers during traffic stops and neighborhood sweeps, and used ethnic slurs against Latino inmates with limited [...]

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Supreme Court Asks Hard Questions at Oral Arguments Over Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court Asks Hard Questions at Oral Arguments Over Arizona SB 1070

Almost two years to the day after Arizona enacted the notorious immigration law known as SB 1070, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what could be the first of many cases over the validity of the measure. Although most critics of the law have focused on its potential for civil rights violations, the only question [...]

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