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Immigration advocates have lobbied Democrats for weeks to pass a last-effort piece of legislation to give DACA recipients a permanent pathway to citizenship. 

In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children - but the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely. Read more»

High school and college students gather in November 2019 in central Phoenix to advocate for immigration reform that covers undocumented families.

Democratic U.S. senators have set a December deadline for passing bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for more than 600,000 undocumented people who were brought into the country as children — but they don’t yet have enough Senate Republican votes. Read more»

"Right now we have the opportunity to provide access to in-state tuition to thousands of youth in Arizona. We have the opportunity to provide the hope I didn't have many times. This year Prop. 308 is on the ballot and it would provide access to in-state tuition for all Arizona high school graduates who have lived in Arizona for more than two years." — Dario Andrade Mendoza Read more»

Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure in 2006 that denied in-state tuition – which could save a student thousands of dollars a year – to undocumented residents. Proposition 308 on this fall’s ballot would reverse that, and supporters are confident the state has changed and the law will, too.

Proposition 308 - which would make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition if they have lived in the state for at least two years and got their high school diploma in the state - would reverse a law that that prohibits undocumented Arizona residents from getting in-state tuition. Read more»

Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals hold signs at a rally outside the Houston federal courthouse on Oct. 14, 2022, after a status conference on DACA-related litigation before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen.

U.S. Circuit Judge Andrew Hanen held a status conference Friday at the Houston federal courthouse after a Fifth Circuit panel agreed last week with his determination that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was implemented in violation of federal law. Read more»

DACA supporters protest in Phoenix on Sept. 5, 2017.

U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they remained hopeful Congress could create a legal pathway to citizenship before the end of the year for the more than 600,000 undocumented people enrolled in a program that is at risk of being deemed illegal by a lower court. Read more»

High school and college students gather in November 2019 in central Phoenix to advocate for immigration reform that covers undocumented families.

A ruling from the 5th Circuit Court that kept the ultimate fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in limbo has left the more than 22,000 DACA recipients in Arizona, and as many as 44,000 more who could potentially qualify for the program, without recourse. Read more»

The policy is geared toward people brought into the U.S. illegally as children or who became undocumented along with their parents when their visas expired.

A federal program that has protected more than 600,000 young immigrants from deportation has “fundamental substantial defects,” a Fifth Circuit panel ruled, siding with a Texas-led coalition of red states who aim to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within two years. Read more»

DACA supporters and opponents agree on one thing: The program will always be in danger unless Congress acts on immigration reform. DACA recipients were among those protesting in Washington in this 2017 file photo, when the Trump administration first tried to end the program that protected more than 770,000 undocumented immigrants.

The Biden administration reaffirmed its commitment Tuesday to DACA, officially posting regulations to extend the 10-year-old program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. Read more» 1

Arizona currently denies in-state tuition to undocumented students who live in the state, but that could change with Proposition 308 this fall. The measure would allow any state resident who graduated from a high school in the state to qualify for in-state tuition at the state's universities.

A broad-based group of political, business and immigration leaders rallied Wednesday to drum up support for Proposition 308, the ballot initiative that would guarantee in-state tuition for any Arizona high school graduate, regardless of citizenship status. Read more»

The Biden adminstration noted to qualify for DACA people have must lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

The Biden administration told a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Wednesday that eliminating DACA 10 years after it was started would cause major disruptions for so-called Dreamers, their U.S. citizen children and employers. Read more»

Former Arizona resident Tony Valdovinos at the off-Broadway New World Stages, which is wrapping up a run of '¡Americano!,' a musical based on Valdovinos’ story as a Dreamer.

“¡Americano!,” - which opened at the Phoenix Theatre in late January 2020 and debuted off-Broadway on May 1 at the New World Stages - tells the story of Tony Valdovinos and the need to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read more»

Dreamers and DACA recipients say DACA was an important first step, but they say comprehensive immigration reform is needed.

DACA - initially enacted in 2012 as a stopgap measure to protect immigrants while Congress worked on immigration reform - has survived years of effort to undo it and has protected as many as 800,000 migrants, including more than 23,000 in Arizona. Read more»

El equipo de Phoenix Theatre y Chicanos por La Causa anuncian el debut en Nueva York de '¡Americano!', el primer musical escrito en Arizona en llegar fuera de Broadway, el 17 de febrero de 2022. Ellos son, de izquierda a derecha, Jason Rose, productor; Tony Moya, presidente de la junta de CPLC; Max Gonzales, vicepresidente ejecutivo de CPLC; Tony Valdovinos, el protagonista de la vida real del musical; David Adame, presidente y director ejecutivo de CPLC; y Michael Barnard, director y coautor.

La historia de Tony Valdovinos se cuenta en el musical “¡Americano!”, creado para Phoenix Theatre Company en 2020 para inspirar a otros jóvenes Dreamers y ahora es el primer musical original de Arizona que debuta fuera de Broadway. Read more»

The team from Phoenix Theatre and Chicanos por La Causa announce the New York debut of '¡Americano!', the first musical written in Arizona to reach off-Broadway, on Feb. 17, 2022.

The story of Tony Valdovinos is told in the musical “¡Americano!”, created for the Phoenix Theater Company in 2020 to inspire other young Dreamers and now is the first original Arizona musical to debut off-Broadway. Read more»

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