Tag: SB 1070

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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Sore Loser, Jan Brewer, Continues Anti-Immigrant Crusade

Sore Loser, Jan Brewer, Continues Anti-Immigrant Crusade

Despite losing both the legal and public relations battles in the fight over SB 1070, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer was anxious to put Arizona back in the spotlight this week. Although she can’t prevent people from requesting or receiving deferred action, she issued an executive order that attempts to prevent Arizona recipients of Deferred Action [...]

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States Apply Brakes on Immigration Legislation in 2012

States Apply Brakes on Immigration Legislation in 2012

The National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) released its annual review of immigration legislation moving in statehouses around the country. NCSL found a significant, 40% decrease in the introduction of immigration legislation and a 20% decrease in states enacting immigration-related laws when compared to 2011. This decline is the first in years, and is reportedly [...]

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Civil Rights Groups Resume Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Immigration Law

Civil Rights Groups Resume Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Immigration Law

Less than three weeks after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Arizona v. United States—which struck down three provisions of SB 1070 and invited future challenges to a fourth—civil rights groups are back in court resuming their challenges to copycat laws in other states. Going forward, the lawsuits will focus more on how to interpret [...]

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Changes to Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law Not Enough, Critics Say

Changes to Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law Not Enough, Critics Say

Following numerous protests, lawsuits, damaging economic reports and problems enforcing the law, Alabama Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur proposed a bill (HB 658) that tweaks key provisions of the state’s immigration enforcement law, HB 56. Last week, the Alabama House approved those changes, some of which scaled back provisions of the law and others which [...]

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SB1070 Author Shares Fears About America Becoming a “Minority, Majority” Nation

SB1070 Author Shares Fears About America Becoming a “Minority, Majority” Nation

On the same day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States the Washington Post published an article featuring Michael Hethmon, general counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Hethmon is the lesser-known legal mind behind SB1070, and a variety of other anti-immigrant measures. His legal counterpart, Kris Kobach tends to get [...]

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In Fight Over SB 1070, Arizona Makes an All-Too-Familiar Case to the Supreme Court

In Fight Over SB 1070, Arizona Makes an All-Too-Familiar Case to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court case involving Arizona SB 1070 has officially entered the home stretch. On Friday, the Justices announced that oral arguments will take place on the fourth Wednesday in April, making it the final case to be heard this term. Yesterday, Arizona filed its much-anticipated brief at the Supreme Court, laying out its legal [...]

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Arizona’s SB1070 Champion, State Senator Russell Pearce, Loses in Recall Election

Arizona’s SB1070 Champion, State Senator Russell Pearce, Loses in Recall Election

Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, the leading force behind Arizona’s SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant legislation, was defeated in a recall election Tuesday. Fellow Republican Jerry Lewis—a moderate on immigration issues—won with 54% of the vote.  Citing Pearce’s narrow anti-immigrant agenda and the damage SB 1070 inflicted on the state, a group called Citizens for [...]

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