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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...

Judge Blocks Arpaio's Workplace Raids, Arizona Statute Enjoined

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio must stop enforcing Arizona's identify theft laws, U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Monday , granting a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed against Arpaio. The lawsuit, filed by the Puente immigrant rights group, argues that the laws are unconstitutional...

Judge: Arizona's 'DREAMers' Can Keep Driver Licenses

"A federal judge has decided to make permanent an injunction overturning Arizona’s ban on issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and spared from deportation by President Obama in 2012. Judge David G. Campbell of Federal...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding that the state’s policy...

Arizona Judge: Dreamers Entitled to In-State Tuition

"Saying that federal law determines who is here legally, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled today that "dreamers'' are entitled to the same tuition rates as other Arizona residents. Judge Arthur Anderson rejected arguments by the Attorney General's Office that students...

DOJ Reaches Settlement With Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County

"The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has reached a partial settlement in its civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio. The settlement resolves the United States’ claims that the Maricopa...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program | On July 22, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the proposed rule, provisional waivers would be available for all immigrant...

USA to CA9: Let DREAMers Drive - (links updated)

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Aug. 28, 2015 - "The Obama administration late Friday urged federal judges to spurn efforts by Arizona to once again deny licenses to drive to “Dreamers.” Assistant Attorney General Lindsey Powell said federal law allows the Department of...

ICE Lawyer Paid $399,999 to Settle Lawsuit Against DHS: Vroom v. Johnson

Julia Preston, New York Times, Aug. 29, 2015 - " The Department of Homeland Security has reached a settlement with the top lawyer in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Arizona, who sued the department in 2014 claiming discrimination. The lawyer, Patricia M. Vroom, said she was bullied...

Arizona S.B. 1070 News - Sept. 4, 2015 Order by Judge Bolton in Valle Del Sol v. Whiting

"Arizona moves for summary judgment on each count except for Plaintiffs’ First Amendment challenge to the day labor provisions (Count Three). (See Arizona’s Mot. at 2.) Plaintiffs move for summary judgment on their First Amendment challenge to the day labor provisions and their preemption...

Arizona Border Fence Plan Dies for Lack of Cash

Bob Christie, AP, Nov. 9, 2015 - "Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using millions of dollars in private money are pulling the plug nearly five years later after the state received just a fraction of the donations needed. They plan to instead distribute...

Music Stars Perform Outside Arizona Immigration Jail - Juanes, John Legend

NBC News, Jan. 20, 2016 - "Colombian rock star Juanes and musician John Legend performed outside of the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona Wednesday. The GRAMMY-winning musicians drew a connection between mass deportations and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color in the U.S."

Ninth Circuit Says Federal Immigration Law Preempts Arizona's Attempt to Deny DLs to DACA Recipients: ADAC v. Brewer

ADAC v. Brewer, Apr. 5, 2016 - "In sum, we find that DACA recipients are similarly situated in all relevant respects to other noncitizens eligible for drivers’ licenses under Arizona’s policy. And Arizona’s refusal to rely on EADs from DACA recipients for purposes of establishing...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Preemption of AZ DL Policy Provides Another Basis for Supreme Court to Approve DAPA, Expanded DACA

Cyrus D. Mehta, Apr. 11, 2016 - " Arizona Dream Act Coalition ... provides another basis for the Supreme Court in Texas v. USA to uphold the expanded deferred action programs as part of President Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive actions, especially the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability...

CA9 on Arizona ID Theft Laws, Preemption: Puente Arizona v. Arpaio

Puente Arizona v. Arpaio, May 2, 2016 - "An immigrant advocacy organization, Puente Arizona, along with individual unauthorized aliens and taxpayers of Maricopa County (collectively “Puente”), challenge provisions of Arizona’s identity theft laws which prohibit using a false identity...

CA9 on Arizona Drug Laws, Categorical Approach: Vera-Valdevinos v. Lynch (unpub.)

BC Law Students Win Momentous Ninth Circuit Victory - "In what one observer is calling “a watershed decision,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 11 granted a petition briefed and argued by BC Law students Jovalin Dedaj ’16 and Cristina Manzano ’16 (pictured). They...

DACAmented Arizona Student Stripped of Scholarship

Alex Devoid, Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 4, 2016 - "An hour before his first class at Arizona State University last month, Eduardo Lujan, 23, got an unwelcome phone call. The school had revoked his two-year scholarship because of his immigration status, a university administrator told him. Lujan’s...

Lawsuit Challenges Arizona Law Denying Driver Licenses to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Immigrants

NILC, Sept. 13, 2016 - " Immigrant and civil rights groups have filed a legal challenge to Arizona’s policy of denying certain lawfully present immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund...

Arizona's SB 1070 'Show Me Your Papers' Law (Mostly) Bites the Dust

NILC, Sept. 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2016 CONTACT Juan Gastelum, National Immigration Law Center, 213-375-3149, gastelum@nilc.org Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, 602-492-8540, skilar@acluaz.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU National, 212-284-7347, isarda...