The Lawsuits Are Here: ACLU, MALDEF, NILC Challenge Arizona

by Julianne Hing on April 29 2010, 11:42AM

Immigrant and civil rights groups are set to announce in Phoenix today that they are ready to take on SB 1070, Arizona’s new law that demands that law enforcement officers pull over and question anyone they believe may be in…

Topics: Immigration

How Do You Boycott Arizona?

How Do You Boycott Arizona?

by Daisy Hernandez on April 28 2010, 3:36PM

It’s one thing to tweet “boycott arizona” and another to make it happen. For those of you who want to make it happen: Don’t book a flight on U.S. Airways, get a domain name through Go Daddy or rent a U-Haul truck.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration

Rachel Maddow Exposes Racist Origins of SB1070

by on April 28 2010, 10:00AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rachel Maddow spent a rich six minutes this week unpacking the racist roots of SB1070, Arizona’s obviously racist immigration bill. The bill, she reports, was drafted by an…

Topics: Immigration

Defeating SB 1070 In Court: The Next Steps

by Julianne Hing on April 27 2010, 4:49PM

Legal challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 are coming from all sides. Both the ACLU and MALDEF are planning legal action against Arizona’s SB 1070, the law that makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant in the state and…

Topics: Immigration

BREAKING: Pima County Sheriff Refuses to Cooperate with SB1070

by Julianne Hing on April 27 2010, 4:02PM

UPDATE: Contact info for Sheriff Dupnik’s department can be found at Tucson, Arizona’s KGUN9 is reporting that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik ain’t gonna enforce SB 1070 in his town. He called it “a racist law” and will not…

Topics: Immigration

Dim and Dimmer Chances of an Immigration Reform Bill

by on April 27 2010, 1:55PM

Washington’s game of immigration-reform dodgeball got particularly intense this week after Arizona passed its racial police state bill. Many looked east to DC, hoping that the Grand Canyon State’s new law would push lawmakers to move on immigration reform. But…

Topics: Immigration

Don't Call Me Racist, and Other Arizona Lies

Don’t Call Me Racist, and Other Arizona Lies

by Daisy Hernandez on April 27 2010, 12:00PM

What the state’s new immigration law teaches us about the dissembling language of bias in the 21st century.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration, Media

Scenes from Arizona's SB1070 Protests

Scenes from Arizona’s SB1070 Protests

by Jorge Rivas on April 26 2010, 2:12PM

Thousands of people gathered outside Arizona’s Capitol building on Sunday to protest against AZ Senate Bill 1070.

Topics: Immigration

Civil Rights Groups Ask: Is Arizona’s SB1070 Even Legal?

by Julianne Hing on April 23 2010, 8:50PM

In the days leading up to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision today to sign SB1070 into law, many spoke with confidence that if passed the bill would be found unconstitutional. “Lawsuits are going to be filed immediately,” Isabel Garcia, co-chair…

Topics: Immigration

Friday Twitterbreak: Arizona Goddam, aka #SB1070 Edition

by Channing Kennedy on April 23 2010, 5:46PM

…and I mean every word of it. Some non-#SB1070 tweets behind the cut, because this is the Friday Twitterbreak, and you’ve earned that break. —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —-…

Topics: Immigration

Brewer: 'I Do Not Know What An Illegal Immigrant Looks Like'

Brewer: ‘I Do Not Know What An Illegal Immigrant Looks Like’

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2010, 5:32PM

Immediately following the press conference where Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, someone in the press pool asked her to “please explain what criteria will be used to determine if someone is an illegal immigrant? What does…

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Activists, Congress Tackle Next Steps on Immigration Reform

by Jamilah King on April 23 2010, 4:29PM

On the same day that Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, some members are getting ready to act. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), whose blistering criticism of the Obama administration’s failure to tackle immigration reform pushed Democratic…

Topics: Immigration

Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling With SB 1070, Says Advocates

by Julianne Hing on April 23 2010, 4:12PM

Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law in Phoenix, Arizona moments ago. The state law, which immigration restrictionists boast is the toughest immigration bill in the country, criminalizes the presence of people who are undocumented in the state….

Topics: Immigration

All Eyes On Arizona, Brewer Expected to Sign SB 1070 At Noon [Audio]

by Julianne Hing on April 23 2010, 12:51PM

MP3 Thousands of people are crowding into the blocks surrounding the state Capitol building in Phoenix awaiting Governor Jan Brewer’s next move. is reporting that Brewer will sign the bill, one day before her Saturday deadline. A national…

Topics: Immigration

Breaking: Immigration Advocates Call on President to Act, Not Talk

by Jamilah King on April 23 2010, 12:29PM

Updated @ 12:50 ET The national fallout from Arizona’s fight over SB 1070 continues. While thousands rallied yesterday in Phoenix in opposition to the bill and Governor Jan Brewer seemed to remain firm, President Obama asked his staff to…

Topics: Immigration

BREAKING: Obama Asks Staff to “Closely Monitor” Arizona Law

by Kai Wright on April 23 2010, 11:43AM

President Obama chimed in this morning on Arizona’s pending new law requiring cops to check immigration status of people suspected to be undocumented. In a Rose Garden ceremony for to naturalize 24 service members, he said Congress’ failure to act…

Topics: Immigration

Zack De La Rocha Sez ‘To Be Brown is to Be a Suspect’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2010, 11:09AM

Along with Alto Arizona, Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha has made a PSA in response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a bill that would dramatically expand police powers to stop, question and detain individuals for not…

Topics: Immigration

Lessons from Cochabamba on Borders, Labels and Justice

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2010, 5:50PM

It’s fitting that migration has been a major focus at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which brought thousands from all around the world to gather and discuss the racial, socioeconomic and…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

Thousands Flood Phoenix to Protest Arizona’s SB 1070

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2010, 4:36PM

RaceWire is hearing reports from folks on the ground that thousands of protesters, including waves of students, from all over the state of Arizona have descended upon the state capitol to tell Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1070, the…

Topics: Immigration

Reid, Pelosi Choose Immigration Over Climate

by Jamilah King on April 22 2010, 1:36PM

It may not be the most promising news for some to hear on Earth Day, but certainly a good sign to many frustrated advocates of immigration reform: Democratic party leaders have vowed this week to move on immigration reform in…

Topics: Immigration