The Legacy of SB1070: The Rise of Arizona’s New Political Order

PHOENIX — The power base in Arizona has shifted in the past 20 years, and we have the state’s Republican Party to both thank and blame for that.

  • May 2, 2020
  • 3:52 PM

Arizona’s SB 1070 at the US Supreme Court: What’s at Stake INFOGRAPHIC

Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law. What's at stake? Here is one infographic, (And for those who say it is from the ACLU, suck it.) This graphic presents some very interesting facts (for those who want to know about facts) regarding legal challenges to […]

  • Apr 24, 2012
  • 4:08 PM

Arizona Measure Gives Non-Citizens In-State College Tuition

Arizona voters have approved an initiative to extend cheaper in-state college tuition to some non-citizen students, cheering supporters who hope the measure’s passage Monday will help spark momentum for wider immigration reform in Congress.

  • Nov 15, 2022
  • 3:19 PM

‘We Can’t Let Up’: Arizona’s Midterm Battle (A Latino USA Podcast)

Ahead of November’s midterm elections, Latino USA travels to Arizona to follow three Latinos who are part of a grassroots movement that transformed Arizona into a battleground state in 2020. Today they face a new challenge: protecting voting rights in the wake of election-denying candidates endorsed by former President Trump.

  • Oct 7, 2022
  • 11:17 AM

How a Recall Election Brought Down Arizona’s Most Powerful Politician (OPINION)

One of the great stories in Arizona politics involves the recall 10 years ago this month of then-Republican state Senate President Russell Pearce, the far-right author of the single most anti-immigrant bill in modern U.S. history, SB 1070.

  • Nov 29, 2021
  • 12:27 PM

‘Driving While Brown’ and Arizona’s Latino Resistance

Highlighting personal experiences is a common rhetorical device journalists use to report big, complex stories in a way that makes them easier to digest. Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block put the technique to good use in their new book, ‘Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Versus the Latino Resistance.’

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • 2:51 PM

A 2020 Election Dispatch From the Purple State of Arizona

Candidates might want to pay a little closer attention to the Grand Canyon State in 2020.

  • Mar 14, 2020
  • 2:25 PM

The Murder Trial of a US Border Patrol Agent Accused of Shooting Across Arizona-Mexico Border Begins Today

Lonnie Swartz has pleaded not guilty in the murder of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was 16 at the time of his death.

  • Mar 21, 2018
  • 10:38 AM

An Arizona Democrat’s Attempt to Help Immigrants Backfires

We need friends and champions in office to stand up to the Arpaios of our state, not give them more power.

  • Mar 1, 2016
  • 3:25 PM

What It Will Take to End an Arizona Sheriff’s Reign

Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the personification of hate. As a result, the man who made his career putting children in chain gangs and ritualizing acts of humiliation in the name of law and order may finally be seeing the end to his reign. But for Arizona to recover from its reputation as the […]

  • Jul 15, 2015
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Five Years Later, SB1070 Was Never Just About Immigration

Phoenix, Arizona. Pale blue sky blushes at sunset. The heat still feels just warm on the skin this time of year. Food trucks serve up some of the best tacos this side of the border. It‘s been five years since SB1070 was signed into law. Governor Jan Brewer and state Senator Russell Pearce are out […]

  • Apr 24, 2015
  • 3:14 PM

Supreme Court to Arizona: You Can’t Block Driver’s Licenses for DREAMers

In a short order, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied Arizona’s last-ditch request to block issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented students granted deportation relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This lawsuit has been moving through the courts for years. Shortly after DACA was announced in 2012, the administration of outgoing Gov. […]

  • Dec 17, 2014
  • 4:30 PM

UPDATE: Disturbing Video of Arizona Police Officer Threatening to Kill Immigrant

UPDATE: The full 12-minute video has been uploaded to YouTube, but then it was taken down. UPDATE: Our publisher reported that Sánchez and his family met with Buckeye’s Police Chief on the afternoon of October 13. UPDATE: The Buckeye Police Department released the following statement on its Facebook page this afternoon, Monday October 13, 2014: […]

  • Oct 12, 2014
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“How Is Your Voice Today?” Speaking Out Against Injustice in Kansas, Arizona, and Texas

How is your voice today? I’m asking because it’s the most valuable thing we Latinos have. Yes, I think that your car, clothes, house, even your latest pairs of amazing celebrity-endorsed shoes are expensive, but it’s not as valuable as your voice, your thoughts, your experiences being young, Latino, and with the world at your […]

  • Mar 12, 2013
  • 8:59 AM

#LatinoLit Review: State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream

During the past few years, it’s been easy for some to ask: What is the deal with Arizona? Or, more specifically, what is the deal with that sheriff? With banning books — Shakespeare, really? With the racist SB 1070, which requires anyone who might not look right to carry proof of citizenship or legal residency? […]

  • Feb 24, 2013
  • 3:56 PM

VIDEO: “My Mother Was Stopped Because of SB 1070”

Now that Arizona's "Show me your papers" provision of the controversial SB 1070 is now in effect, those who continue to question the provision's intent are using YouTube to record how police are enacting the law.  Below is one video that a family made when the family's mother was pulled over by the Mesa police.

  • Sep 23, 2012
  • 6:28 AM

ACLU’s Advice to People Pulled Over in Arizona: Don’t Say Anything About Your Status. Not One Word.

In light of last week's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law, the American Civil Liberties Union released a video about how to people should know your rights. Basically, just be quiet when asked about your status. Silencio. No digas nada. Here is the Spanish one: And here is the English one.

  • Jul 3, 2012
  • 8:28 AM

MALDEF Writes to Governor Brewer: Don’t Even Think of Implementing SB1070

We knew it would happen sooner than later. Following a ruling by the Supreme Court last Monday—which basically struck down Arizona's controversial SB1070 law immigration, but allowed for the section 2(B) "show me your papers" provision to continue—organizations are beginning to challenge section 2(B), fearing that it will lead to racial profiling. On Wednesday, the […]

  • Jun 30, 2012
  • 7:45 AM

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Issues Statement on SCOTUS SB 1070 Decision

Here is what LatinoJustice PRLDEF had to say about today's Supreme Court decision on Arizona v. United States:   The Court found that the provisions that made it a crime for non-citizens who are unlawfully present in the United States to work in Arizona; criminalized working in Arizona without federal work authorization; and authorized local […]

  • Jun 25, 2012
  • 11:59 AM

Governor Brewer Issues Statement on SCOTUS SB 1070 Decision

The slippery slope (and the spin) now begins. Here is what Arizona Governor Jan Brewer released this morning after the Supreme Court struck down most of her state's controversial SB1070 law. She is hinging her hopes on the "check your papers" provisions, which was deemed as constitutional even though it will be closely monitored by […]

  • Jun 25, 2012
  • 11:23 AM

Even Though It Struck Down Most of SB 1070, SCOTUS Upholds the “Check Your Papers” Provision

This just in from the Supreme Court regarding Arizona's SB 1070 laws and AZ Central provides a very good summary of today's opinion: The Supreme Court has ruled that one key part of the Arizona immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070 is constitutional, paving the way for it to go into effect. The court ruled […]

  • Jun 25, 2012
  • 10:45 AM

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