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"In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed the charge of deportability and held that Ariz.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...

Churches Revive Sanctuary for Immigrants

"Robles Loreto is the third immigrant to take sanctuary in a church this year in Arizona, reviving a popular movement from the 1980s that sought to help Central American migrants fleeing civil wars stay in the United States by letting them live inside churches, where immigration officials generally...

U-Visa Holder Sues Pinal County (AZ) Sheriffs For Unlawful Arrest

"An Arizona woman spent five days in a Border Patrol jail after a traffic stop, when a sheriff's deputy told her he "was not interested" in her visa status, the ACLU claims in court. Maria del Rosario Cortes Camacho sued Pinal County sheriff's Officers Chad Lakosky and Kristina...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

CA9: Ariz. Prop. 100 Unconstitutional - Lopez-Valenzuela v. Arpaio

"Arizona law categorically forbids granting undocumented immigrants arrested for a wide range of felony offenses any form of bail or pretrial release, even if the particular arrestee is not a flight risk or dangerous. We must decide whether such an absolute denial comports with the substantive component...

9th Circuit Strikes Down Arizona’s Proposition 100, A Constitutional Amendment Denying Bail To Undocumented Immigrants

Arizona’s Proposition 100, which mandates that bail be denied for serious felony offenses as prescribed by the state legislature, if the person charged has entered or remained in the United States without documentation, was struck down on October 15, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals...

Racial Profiling at Arizona Border Checkpoint: Report

"An Arivaca residents group called for an investigation of alleged racial profiling by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road outside of Amado, based on a report it produced on volunteers’ monitoring of the checkpoint. The new report from People Helping People in the...

DHS: Arizona Solicitation Statute Not Divisible, Not a CIMT

Laura Murray-Tjan writes: "I appealed pretermission of a non-LPR cancellation of removal claim to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that (1) the client's Arizona solicitation conviction can't be a CIMT ground of inadmissibility, as the agency had held; and (2) the underlying offense isn't a...

CA9 Upholds Matter of Leal (Categorical CIMT)

Court Staff Summary: "The panel denied Edgar Leal’s petition for review of the three-judge published Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision, Matter of Leal , 26 I. & N. Dec. 20 (BIA 2012), which held that Leal’s conviction for felony endangerment, in violation of Arizona Revised...

Arizona Smuggling Statute Preempted By Federal Law

"A federal judge has voided one of the last remaining sections of the controversial package of anti-immigration laws approved by Arizona lawmakers in 2010. The provision struck down Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton made it a state crime to “engage in the smuggling of human...

Lawsuit Charges Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department: Vroom v. Johnson

"Plaintiff is a 59-year-old woman. She has been an attorney in the United States Government for 30 years, the last 26 of which have been with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor agency, the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Plaintiff has had a stellar...

Arizona Residents Sue Border Patrol Over Checkpoints

"Two southern Arizona residents filed a federal lawsuit today challenging U.S. Border Patrol’s obstruction of their efforts to monitor an interior checkpoint near the town of Arivaca. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson, plaintiffs Peter Ragan and Leesa Jacobson assert...

CA9 Denies Stay to Arizona in Driver License Case: ADAC v. Brewer

Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer 13-16248 Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to provide access to case information. Please check this website regularly for updates. Date Document Title...

Arizona's DACAmented 'Dreamers' Can Drive!

"Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents. A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District...