Expect Civil Rights Challenges to Arizona “Papers Please” Provision

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:26 am

Just because the Supreme Court didn’t strike down the “papers please” provision in Arizona’s SB1070 before implementation doesn’t mean that the provision is in the clear. The Supreme Court gave stringent guidelines for how to proceed in seeking proof of citizenship from arrested suspects, and said they would hold open future challenges to the law. [...]

Arizona Starts Implementing “Papers Please” Law

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 1:48 pm

That didn’t take long. A day after getting a ruling that would not take down the “show your papers” section of their immigration law, Arizona rushed to implement the section at the local law enforcement level. The state has specific guidelines to use to determine when to ask for immigration papers, but already they sound [...]

Arizona Immigration Ruling Has Major Implications for Other States

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 7:35 am

The Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law may have its greatest impact on how it affects copycat laws across the country. The harshest of the ones already passed, in Alabama, faces some challenges after the court ruling. The split decision left both sides of Alabama’s fierce immigration debate declaring victory and lawyers saying [...]

More on Today’s Arizona Immigration Ruling

By: Monday June 25, 2012 1:40 pm

I could be accused of being too optimistic about the Supreme Court immigration ruling. I recognize that the portion of the law the Court left intact, the “show me your papers” measure, was most certainly the most important. But the Court didn’t “uphold” that part of the law in any way. They basically let it [...]

Supreme Court: No HC Ruling, But No Change to Citizens United, Pre-Emption of Most of Arizona Immigration Law, Overturn on Life Sentences for Juveniles

By: Monday June 25, 2012 7:56 am

There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced. First, there’s the case of American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. This was the Montana attempt to effectively overturn Citizens United and re-establish limits on corporate participation in political campaigns. The [...]

Ruling on Alabama Immigration Law Validates “Papers Please” Aspects of SB1070

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 6:18 am

When I first heard about the ruling from a federal judge in the Alabama immigration law case, I thought that most of the more egregious aspects of the law were enjoined. Only upon further inspection did I realize that the judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction for some of the most controversial parts. U.S. [...]

Arizona Immigration Law Tied Closely to Private Prison Industry

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 10:12 am

NPR has become the first news organization to pick up on a Think Progress investigation from over a month ago, about the private prison industry’s role in SB1070 and anti-immigration laws generally. They did a pretty good job with it. Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles [...]

Steele Thinks Republican Base, Media Won’t Find Translation of Spanish

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 1:48 pm

Like a Presidential candidate of the 19th century who would tell different things to different audiences and hope that nobody finds out the difference due to the relative lack of long-distance communication, RNC Chairman Michael Steele told Univision yesterday that the immigration law SB1070 in Arizona “is not a reflection” on the entire party, and [...]

Giffords Attacks Position of Fellow Democrat, Runs Ad in His Own District

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 2:26 pm

That’s Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, fighting the fearmongering designed to cut Social Security benefits. Throughout this Congress, Grijalva hasn’t been afraid to speak out, even calling for a boycott of his own state after the legislature passed and the Governor signed a draconian immigration law that a federal judge eventually ruled partially [...]

Brewer Shrinking From Fight on Arizona Immigration Law?

By: Monday August 2, 2010 11:04 am

This was a curious article from over the weekend, suggesting that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer would rather try to change SB1070 to comply with any legal concerns than defend it in court. It’s an implicit admission that the law cannot pass muster in the courts. Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law and appealed the [...]

Grijalva’s Yuma Office Closes Due to Gunshot on Chaotic First Day of Immigration Law in Arizona

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 12:30 pm

The partial implementation of the Arizona immigration law, SB1070, began today in earnest, and already we’re seeing the friction between supporters and immigration rights advocates play out. Adam Sarvana, a spokesman for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), an outspoken critic of the law, just sent out this release: The Yuma district office of Rep. Raúl M. [...]

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