Judge Permanently Blocks Arizona From Denying Driver's Licenses to DREAMers

Matthew Hendley
Alessandra Soler of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona speaks to the press in 2012, along with attorneys and DREAMers, after filing a lawsuit challenging Brewer's denial of driver's licenses for DREAMers.
A federal judge has sided with the challengers to Arizona's denial of driver's licenses to young immigrants shielded from deportation by Obama's executive action.

Last month, the DREAMers began obtaining their first Arizona licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to stop enforcing the ban put in place by former Governor Jan Brewer.

Today, Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell issued a judgment for the plaintiffs in the case, a group of immigrants-rights activists, and permanently enjoined any official in the state from enforcing Brewer's 2012 executive action.

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President Obama Making Announcement on Immigration Plan Tomorrow

White House/Pete Souza
President Obama is going to outline the details of his executive action dealing with immigration tomorrow evening.

"Tomorrow night I'm going to be announcing here from the White House, some steps that I can take to start fixing our broken immigration," Obama said in a video released on Facebook.

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Arizona's Unauthorized Immigrant Population Decreasing

Gordon Hyde
Arizona is one of 14 states where the population of unauthorized immigrants decreased from 2009 to 2012, according to data released today by the Pew Research Center.

According to the organization's analysis, Arizona's unauthorized immigrant population dropped from around 350,000 people to 300,000 people. Only New York and California had larger decreases.

"There were really big drops in the number of unauthorized Mexicans in the country between 2007 and 2009, and since then, there have continued to be decreases in the Mexican population," Pew Research Center demographer Jeffrey Passel tells New Times.

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Arpaio's Lawyer Tim Casey Wants Out of Racial-Profiling Case; ACLU Hopes He'll Stick Around

Ramon Charley Armendariz
Tim Casey, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's longtime lawyer, wants out of the hot-potato Melendres racial-profiling case now that it's in a "compliance phase."

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona don't want him to leave so fast, though -- not with questions and things left to discover related to corrupt deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz, who hung himself in May rather than submit to arrest.

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Bill Montgomery Files Emergency Motion to Block Ruling on Bail for Undocumented

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery wants "full and fair opportunity" to prove in court why a recent ruling allowing bail for jailed undocumented migrants should not stand.

The Republican politician put out a news release on Thursday evening saying he's filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals to ask for delayed implementation of the ruling.

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Dehydrated Immigrants Rescued From Trunk of Car in Arizona; Ryan Alitz of Mesa Arrested

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Ryan Alitz is being charged with transporting undocumented immigrants after two Mexican men were found dehydrated in a car's trunk.
The day before two dead immigrants were found in the trunk of a California man driving into the United States, Arizona officials rescued two Mexicans from nearly befalling a similar fate.

Ryan Alitz, a 30-year-old meth addict who moved to Arizona from Iowa this year, was arrested on August 11 at a checkpoint near North Komelik on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation after two undocumented men showing symptoms of dehydration were discovered in a car trunk.

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Groups Launch "Arizona Freedom Summer," Campaign to Get Out the Latino Vote

Ashley Cusick
Mireya Reith, Arkansas United Community Coalition executive director, addresses the crowd at the launch of Arizona Freedom Summer, a campaign to get out the Latino vote.

A coalition of immigrant rights groups held a press conference this morning to announce the launch of "Arizona Freedom Summer," a campaign to get out the Latino vote in this fall's elections.

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Humanist Charity Raising Funds for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's Legal Aid

Gordon Hyde
The nation's largest humanist charity is raising funds to offer legal assistance to the unaccompanied immigrant children flooding over the border.

The Humanist Crisis Response program will donate the funds to two organizations that provide attorneys for minors in immigration hearings -- the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, and Kids in Need of Defense, which operates in California and Texas.

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The U.S. Tries to Deport Not Protect Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

Andrew Pielage
Darlin Adonay Peña fled a hard life in Honduras and got a second chance in the United States.
Darlin Adonay Peña has a headache.

On a Wednesday afternoon in May, he takes a break from his job flipping burgers at a McDonald's on Central Avenue in Phoenix to sit down and talk, sipping a frozen caramel coffee drink and rubbing his almond eyes.

A brown rosary peeks from beneath his shiny black uniform. He's shaved both sides of his head, taming a few meticulous black curls atop with gel.

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Phoenix Leaders' Reaction to President Obama's Immigration Reform Speech


Mary Rose Wilcox, a candidate seeking election in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, says she is "dismayed to hear that President Obama still has no concrete plan to pass comprehensive immigration reform and stop the devastating deportation policy that breaks up families and breaks our hearts."

Her statement comes after President Barack Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and talked about a "new effort" to tackle immigration reform -- which the Feathered Bastard pointed out, includes speeding up the deportation of children.

Wilcox says Obama's speech fell short, and that, instead, "he needs to take immediate action to stop deportations."

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