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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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Medical Dysfunction at ICE Detention Facilities

Written by on March 7, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Medical Dysfunction at ICE Detention Facilities

There is no shortage of stories about immigrants dying from inadequate medical care while in detention centers operated or overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Take the case of Pablo Gracida-Conte, a 54-year-old Mexican man who died of cardiomyopathy in October 2011 in a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, after being transferred from the […]

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After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

Written by on September 17, 2015 in State and Local with 0 Comments
After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

A federal judge in Arizona issued a decision on September 4, which some say signals the end of years of legal challenges against Arizona’s SB 1070 law. For the most part, the law has been gutted, drastically reducing much of the negative impact of this wrong-headed, draconian state immigration law, which made Arizona the subject […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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

Written by on August 5, 2013 in Immigration Courts, Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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New Injunction Sought in Challenge to Arizona SB 1070

Written by on July 18, 2012 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Even as the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law (SB 1070), the Justices appeared to embrace a major falsehood of nativist ideology: that immigrants are more likely to be criminals than the native-born. On page six of the majority opinion, the Court maintains that unauthorized immigrants are “reported to be responsible […]

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Supreme Court Flooded with Briefs Opposing Arizona SB 1070

Written by on March 29, 2012 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Flooded with Briefs Opposing Arizona SB 1070

Proponents of Arizona SB 1070 often insist that the infamous immigration law enjoys considerable public support. Yet even if such claims are correct, one would hardly know it from the flood of briefs filed at the Supreme Court this week opposing the measure. Unlike the monolithic set of briefs filed last month in support of […]

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Supreme Court Brief on SB 1070: Arizona Seeking Confrontation, not Cooperation

Written by on March 20, 2012 in Immigration Courts, State and Local with 2 Comments
Supreme Court Brief on SB 1070: Arizona Seeking Confrontation, not Cooperation

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wagged her finger in President Obama’s face at a Phoenix airport earlier this year, she may have been seeking to score political points with the White House’s ideological opponents. What the governor may not have realized, however, is that she was giving the Obama administration the photographic equivalent of its […]

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At Supreme Court, Arizona Gets Help from the Usual Suspects

Written by on February 16, 2012 in Immigration Courts, State and Local with 1 Comment
At Supreme Court, Arizona Gets Help from the Usual Suspects

Following the filing last week of Arizona’s brief defending SB 1070, the Supreme Court has received a barrage of briefs supporting the notorious immigration law from a none-too-surprising array of suspects. As might be expected, the arguments range from the predictable (that the Obama Administration fails to enforce the immigration laws) to the provocative (that […]

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