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Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act

Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act

At the end of its 2011 legislative session, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that would allow certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland community colleges, joining 12 other states with similar laws. Now, however, opponents of the law have gathered enough signatures to suspend the law and force a referendum come November. […]

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Stand Trial on Racial Profiling Charges

Written by on July 16, 2012 in Courts, Department of Justice, Enforcement, Supreme Court with 2 Comments
Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Stand Trial on Racial Profiling Charges

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may finally face the music this week in a federal trial in Phoenix. The renowned anti-immigrant media glutton and self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” stands accused of discrimination and harassment charges in a class action lawsuit involving the ACLU and MALDEF. Arpaio has a long history of abuse and discrimination in […]

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Some States Attempt to Move Forward on Immigration Laws Following Supreme Court Decision

Some States Attempt to Move Forward on Immigration Laws Following Supreme Court Decision

Prior to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Arizona SB 1070, other states that passed immigration laws were also embroiled in complicated legal battles. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah all passed restrictive immigration laws, parts of which were challenged in court and subsequently enjoined pending the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona. Now that the […]

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Today We Celebrate Immigrant Men and Women Keeping the American Dream Alive

Today We Celebrate Immigrant Men and Women Keeping the American Dream Alive

Countless Americans will celebrate America’s 236th birthday today by joining friends and family for food and fireworks. Many will just enjoy the day, others will recall our Founding Fathers’  declaration of independence, and others will raise their right hand, swear an oath of allegiance, and become citizens of the United States of America. Across the […]

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President Obama Issued a Directive, Not an “Executive Order” or “New Law”

President Obama Issued a Directive, Not an “Executive Order” or “New Law”

Immigration hardliners were predictably quick to criticize President Obama’s recent announcement that DHS will use discretion to halt the deportations of eligible immigrant youth. They wasted no time hurling some base-stirring claims—“administrative amnesty,” “end-runs around Congress,” “executive fiat.” However, while folks are free to criticize the President, they should at least strive for accuracy. The […]

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Even Evangelicals Agree: Congress Needs to Take Action on Immigration

Even Evangelicals Agree: Congress Needs to Take Action on Immigration

DREAM Act students, immigration advocates and community leaders have turned up the heat on Congress and the Obama administrative in recent weeks to do something, anything, about our nation’s immigration problems. Yesterday, Evangelical leaders—including the National Association of Evangelicals, and Focus on the Family—joined that effort, denouncing recent “self-deportation policies” and calling on leaders to […]

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Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Nearly a year ago, ICE Director John Morton issued a memo on prosecutorial discretion which led to the review of 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings. Advocates initially applauded this announcement, hoping that the administration would move quickly to close low-level, non-criminal immigration cases. But today, disappointed by the program’s low closure rate, advocates […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill That Makes State’s Immigration Law Even Worse

Alabama Governor Signs Bill That Makes State’s Immigration Law Even Worse

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley publically criticized a bill intended to revise key sections of the state’s controversial immigration law (HB 56). He even announced a special legislative session to address his issues with the bill­­­­­—namely, a provision that requires school officials to check the immigration status of enrolling students and that of their […]

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Michigan Pushes Plan to Welcome Immigrants and their Revitalizing Power to State

Michigan Pushes Plan to Welcome Immigrants and their Revitalizing Power to State

While some states pushed for punitive immigration measures over the last year—measures designed to drive immigrants away —others, like those in Michigan, were busy putting together a plan that welcomes immigrants and their revitalizing power to the state. This month, leaders in Michigan—including state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit)—helped launch […]

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Alabama Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Alabama Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Today, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced his disapproval of a bill intended to change parts of the state’s extreme immigration law (HB 56) and initiated a special legislative session  to address the problems. Yesterday, on the last day of the state’s regular legislative session, the Alabama Senate passed a version of a tweak bill that, […]

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