LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
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...

Arizona Jury Awards $2.5 Million To Estate Of Nursing Home Resident (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening, Closing Statements)

PHOENIX — (Mealey’s) An Arizona state court jury on May 22 awarded $2.5 million to the estate of a woman who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after developing a bedsore while in a nursing home ( The Estate of Doris L. Cote, et al. v. Five Star Quality Care Inc...

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...

CA9 Amends ADAC v. Brewer (Ariz. Driver Licenses, DACA)

ADAC v. Brewer, Feb. 2, 2017 - "The court’s opinion filed on April 5, 2016, appearing at 818 F.3d 901 (9th Cir. 2016), is hereby amended. An amended opinion, including a concurrence by Judge Berzon, is filed herewith."

Arizona’s Classification of Noncitizens in Denying Drivers’ Licenses Federally Preempted

Affirming the district court's summary judgment and permanent injunction order, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on February 2, 2017, that the federal government’s exclusive authority to classify noncitizens under the Immigration and Nationality Act preempted an...

Legal Experts Take Issue With Comparisons Between Texas, Arizona Immigration Laws

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, May 14, 2017 - "When Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, he said the “key policies” in the bill have “already been tested at the United States Supreme Court, and approved there.” Abbott...

Waking Up in Arizona

Marcela Valdes, New York Times, May 23, 2017 - "Living under draconian state laws, Arizona activists honed an effective strategy for keeping undocumented immigrants in the country. Can the same tools still work today? In the weeks and months following Election Day 2016 — as progressive...

Texas Leads Resurgence in Restrictive State Actions on Immigration Enforcement

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Sela Cowger, MPI, May 25, 2017 - "Texas has enacted a new hardline law to crack down on illegal immigration, signaling the re-emergence of restrictionist activism at the state level that stalled in 2012 amid adverse rulings by federal courts. The Texas law, which...

Border Clinic, Retirees Try to Save Migrants' Lives

Eric Boodman, Stat, July 6, 2017 - "When the man walked in with fang marks on his leg, the volunteers knew the protocol: In the case of a rattlesnake bite, you call 911. But like all of the patients who end up here, his very presence in this desert clinic meant he had broken American law. He’d...