Arizona Starts Implementing “Papers Please” Law

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 5:24 pm

A day after getting a ruling that would not take down the “show your papers” section of their immigration law, Arizona rushed to implement the section at the local law enforcement level. The state has specific guidelines to use to determine when to ask for immigration papers, but they’re so broad as to capture just about everyone stopped by a cop.


Arizona Immigration Ruling Has Major Implications for Other States

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:40 am

The Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law may have its greatest impact on how it affects copycat laws across the country. The harshest of the ones already passed, in Alabama, faces some challenges after the court ruling.

More on Today’s Arizona Immigration Ruling

By: Monday June 25, 2012 6:10 pm

I recognize that the portion of the law the Court left intact, the “show me your papers” measure, was most certainly the most important. But the Court didn’t “uphold” that part of the law in any way. They basically let it work its way through the lower courts, based on actual enforcement actions, while saying they did not have the authority to pre-empt it at this time.

Supreme Court: No HC Ruling, But No Change to Citizens United, Pre-Emption of Most of Arizona Immigration Law, Overturn on Life Sentences for Juveniles

By: Monday June 25, 2012 8:04 am

There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced, including important rulings on Arizona’s immigration law and the Montana challenge to Citizens United.

Come Saturday Morning: Minnesota ALEC Members Pretend ALEC Is Impotent

By: Saturday March 17, 2012 6:45 am

Welcome to Bizarro World, where black is white, up is down, the fire department starts fires and ALEC is just a bunch of toothless eunuchs holding a debating society.

Private Prisons Don’t Save Money in Arizona

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Private prison companies don’t make money by generating more revenue; they make it by cutting costs, in things like maintenance, security, and medical care provided to prisoners. So private prisons simply don’t offer better or even equivalent services and conditions compared to state-run facilities. But the findings of the audit may surprise those who aren’t familiar with this blog or the industry: the state wouldn’t actually save any money by privatizing its prisons. That’s right; even though they pay less, offer less benefits, cherry-pick the cheapest prisoners, and cut corners in every area of operations, private prisons cost just about as much to operate in Arizona as state-run facilities.

Ruling on Alabama Immigration Law Validates “Papers Please” Aspects of SB1070

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 7:00 am

When I first heard about the ruling from a federal judge in the Alabama immigration law case, I thought that most of the more egregious aspects of the law were enjoined. Only upon further inspection did I realize that the judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction for some of the most controversial parts.

Private Prisons: Pay to Play

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Two interesting pieces here regarding the influence the private prison industry wield in its political affiliations and activities. Most of the reason the industry has been so successful in securing contracts despite decades of failing to perform is the cozy relationship it has cultivated with state and federal officials who control the disbursement of public funds and criminal justice sentencing. They cultivate these relationships through donating to individual politicians and various campaigns they embark upon, but also through hiring professional lobbyists to promote their will while the legislature is in session.

Exclusive: Interview with Lady Gaga’s “You and I” Boy from Phoenix Concert

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 4:30 pm

Amelec is an undocumented LGBTQ activist in Arizona, where local and federal government work hand in hand to target immigrants in the most severe anti-immigrant climate in the country. Last week, Amelec, who has lived in the U.S. since age 2, met with Lady Gaga before her Phoenix concert and told her about how his brother was recently deported even though he would have been eligible for legal status under the DREAM Act now pending in Congress. This is an interview with Amelec.

Brewer Shrinking from Fight on Arizona Immigration Law?

By: Monday August 2, 2010 11:50 am

And as the facts pile up, and Brewer potentially steps away from a fight, if the US Citizenship and Immigration Service follows through with their memo on how they can offer a path to citizenship without Congressional action, then only one side would be on the offense.

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