Only Half of Those Eligible for DACA in Arizona Have Applied

"A year after the Obama administration said it would defer deportation of immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, only about half of eligible Arizonans have applied for the program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it had accepted applications from 18,449...

Arizona Sues Community Colleges over DACA Tuition Policy

"Arizona filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block one of the nation's largest community college systems from providing reduced tuition to young immigrants granted deferred deportation by the Obama administration. The lawsuit underscores Arizona's tough stance on illegal immigration and marks its...

Unpub. BIA Remand on Ariz. Money Laundering: Matter of Ruiz-Estrada

"While we find no cause to disturb the Immigration Judge's analysis of the record of conviction for the purpose of determining whether the respondent's conviction involved the requisite level of "scienter," as discussed by the Attorney General in Matter of Silva-Trevino, 24 I&N...

ICE Closes Dozens of Deportation Cases in Arizona

"Carlos and Sandra Figueroa have been in deportation proceedings since 2009 when Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested them in an immigration sweep at a local car wash in Phoenix. But this week, the family got unexpected news: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) closed their...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

Risky Border Protest Lands DREAM Activists in Az. Immigration Jail...For Now

"Lizbeth Mateo paid her tuition Sunday for Santa Clara Law School, where classes begin next month. On Monday, she paused to send the school an email. "I'm letting them know I may not make it in time," she said. The reason for her delay: an unorthodox — and risky —...

Arizona Expands Immigrant License Ban

"Arizona, one of only two states that deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants allowed to stay and work, is expanding the ban to include any immigrant granted deferred action from deportation. Most of those affected by the decision are people granted deferred action for humanitarian...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Revises Policy on False Claims to Citizenship: In a pair of letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in late August and early September, the administration confirmed that individuals charged with making false claims to U.S. citizenship can raise as an affirmative defense...

CA9 on Preemption, Arizona S.B. 1070, Section 5: Valle Del Sol v. Whiting

"Plaintiffs challenge Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2929, which attempts to criminalize the harboring and transporting of unauthorized aliens within the state of Arizona. The district court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction with respect to this provision on the...

Ninth Circuit Affirms Injunction Barring Implementation of Arizona Harboring Law

"In Valle del Sol Inc. v. Whiting , the Ninth Circuit , in an opinion by Judge Paez (and joined in full by Judge Noonan ) today affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in an action challenging Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2929, which attempted to criminalize the...

Arizona Border Fence Plan Stalled After 3 Years

"A plan by Republican Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money has stalled nearly three years after it was sanctioned by the Legislature. Private donations expected to fund the project dried up after only a fraction of the funding was in hand...

Arizona Detective Learns She's Undocumented, Resigns

"A detective for Arizona's state police force has resigned amid the discovery that she was living in the country illegally since being brought to the United States from Mexico by her family at a young age, the agency said on Wednesday. The former detective, Carmen Figueroa, apparently was told...

Arizona Border Residents Help Migrants Without Breaking the Law

"The worsening situation led some Arivaca residents to band together last year to form People Helping People, a group that provides aid to border crossers in the area. Shortly after, the group unveiled a humanitarian aid office, which now sits on the main drag of this rural town of 600 residents...

Fate of Former Arizona Detective Carmen Figueroa Depends on Immigration 'Discretion'

"Carmen Figueroa was a good Arizona Department of Public Safety officer for 10 years, but now faces the possibility of deportation to Mexico. Whether she actually gets deported, though, depends. Will the system view her as a foreigner who infiltrated not just the state police but the U.S. Bureau...

Arizona Will Issue Driver Licenses to PIPers

"State officials are going to grant driver’s licenses to some people not in the country legally even as Arizona continues to deny the same privilege to “dreamers.” The Department of Transportation has decided that those granted “parole in place” by the Obama administration...

Judge Orders Brewer to Release Documents in AZ DREAMer License Lawsuit (link added)

"Rejecting claims of privilege, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered Gov. Jan Brewer to turn over internal documents and memos leading up to her decision to deny driver's licenses to “dreamers.” Judge David Campbell ruled that the documents are “highly relevant” to the...

Arizona's 'Dreamer' License Ban Affects U.S. Citizens

"John Roberts, a retired postal worker from Topeka, tried to use his Kansas driver’s license to apply for an Arizona driver’s license after relocating to Waddell, a community west of Phoenix. “I was told, ‘We don’t accept driver’s licenses from other states,’...

Watching the Watchers: Arizona Residents Monitor Border Checkpoint

"Border-area residents, upset with what they called an increased militarized presence in their community, began an effort Wednesday to monitor Border Patrol actions at a federal immigration checkpoint about 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona. Organizers with a humanitarian...

Unpub. BIA Descamps CIMT Victory in Arizona: Matter of Sainz-Rivera (unpub.)

"In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed the charge of deportability and held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 28-1383(A)(1) — which criminalizes driving under the influence after one’s license has been suspended, canceled, revoked, refused or restricted —...

ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT GRANTS MALDEF MOTION TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF DACA STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION CASE

"The state court considering an unusual case in which Arizona is suing one of its own community college districts for recognizing that Arizonans should be treated equally, has granted MALDEF's motion to intervene to represent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students attending the...

ACLU Sues DHS for Records on Checkpoints, Roving Patrols

"The ACLU of Arizona and two University of Arizona law professors filed a public information lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for records relating to U.S. Border Patrol’s interior enforcement operations in southern Arizona. DHS has completely ignored two requests...

Arizona Driving Changes in Criminal Immigration Re-entry Prosecutions: TRAC

" The latest available data from the Justice Department covering the first six months of FY 2014 indicate that substantial changes are occurring in the criminal enforcement of the immigration laws, particularly among those districts along the border with Mexico. Overall, the new data document a...

Unpub. BIA on CIMT: Matter of Sainz-Rivera

Ben Winograd writes: "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed the charge of deportability and held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 28-1383(A)(1)—which criminalizes driving under the influence after one’s license has been suspended, canceled, revoked, refused...

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United States. In response, Arizona officials —...

Court Enjoins Arizona's Driver License Limitation

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to young immigrants who...