By Lourdes Medrano | 04/12/2011 - 20:26
Arizona Latinos welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that blocks enforcement of the state’s tough immigration law, but they also say the legal fight is anything but over.
“To us a victory is going to be when SB 1070 is repealed totally out of the books of Arizona,” Salvador Reza, a Phoenix immigrant-rights activist, said of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/31/2011 - 12:30
What started as a low rumble for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has become a loud roar as immigrant's rights organizations, fans and players alike call on the league to reconsider playing the 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix, Arizona due to the passage of controversial SB 1070.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/23/2011 - 15:35
A new Arizona immigration bill that some have called “SB 1070 on steroids” took its first step towards becoming law when it was approved by a key state legistative committee on Tuesday night. SB 1611, one of two immigration bills passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, squeaked by with a 7-6 vote. It will now go up to the full state Senate for vote.
By Lourdes Medrano | 02/15/2011 - 18:05
Arizona lawmakers are continuing their push this week to deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Senator Ron Gould (R-AZ) recently called off the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee because he believed the bill would have been defeated, but more receptive legislators are expected to again take up the agenda this week. The goal is to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider whether the 14th Amendment truly guarantees citizenship to such children.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/11/2011 - 16:30
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced yesterday that the state of Arizona was going to sue the federal government for failing to protect the border.
By Lourdes Medrano | 02/01/2011 - 16:45
A push by Arizona lawmakers to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants has spawned two separate efforts to oust the architect of the proposed legislation from office.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/27/2011 - 15:46
Little Brisenia Flores' last words to her attackers were: "Why did you shoot my mom?" Her mother, Gina Gonzalez, actually managed to survive being shot three times by intruders posing as law-enforcement officials by playing dead in the hopes of saving her child but Shawna Forde and her accomplices murdered the 9-year-old girl anyway, just as they had killed her father Raul Flores moments before
By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2011 - 12:34
At Tucson High Magnet School, almost all of teacher Curtis Acosta's students are Mexican-American. But Tom Horne, Arizona's newly elected attorney general (and former superintendent) says Acosta's Latino Literature class is "propagandizing and brainwashing." So, Horne declared the program in violation of a new state law that went into effect on January 1 that outlaws ethnic studies classes in the state of Arizona.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/13/2011 - 08:30
At the memorial last night for the shooting victims and survivors of the horrific shooting in Tucson, the intern credited with saving the life of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Daniel Hernandez, earned a standing ovation for his passionate speech. Telling the crowd that he must "humbly reject the title of hero," a clearly overwhelmed and emotional Hernandez gave a short but touching speech about reserving that title for public servants and those who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2011 - 16:30
Rep. Raul Grijlalva (D-AZ) talked Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! yesterday about the recent senseless shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He knew Giffords well and worked with her both in their home state and on Capitol Hill.