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During the midterms, Arizonans approved Proposition 308, which gives undocumented students access to in-state tuition, overturning a previous voter-approved measure that forced them to pay out-of state rates.

A bipartisan proposal at the federal level is a last minute push to create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers before the start of the new Congressional session, as some immigrants who entered the country as children face an uncertain future as litigation over its legality continues.  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»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation. Read more»

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) speaks at a press event at the U.S. Capitol advocating for including citizenship and deportation protections in the Build Back Better Act.

Undocumented workers and immigration advocates pushed for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better social spending and climate package that the U.S. House approved Friday morning. Read more»

Protesters march past the Capitol in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017. Fights over DACA have been a near-constant since it was first approved in 2012, along with judges and lawmakers repeatedly ordering the program stopped and restarted. A federal court this month overturned the program once more.

A federal judge’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful - the latest in a string of reversals and renewals - should have no practical impact on more than 600,000 covered immigrants for now, but it is sure to have an emotional impact. Read more»

A rally for DACA in Tucson on September 6, 2017.

After federal judge's blocked new DACA applications, advocates are demanding Congress pass bills to grant work permits and protect more than 644,000 people from deportation — including about 35,000 in Arizona alone. Read more»

Local and national community organizations gathered on June 15, 2021, at the Arizona State Capitol to push for two federal legislative proposals that’d grant a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries, TPS holders, farm workers and undocumented residents.

Immigrant rights groups gathered to remember the nearly two decades that advocates have pushed for meaningful immigration reform and to mobilize support for two congressional proposals: the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021. Read more»

Two Nicaraguan men wait in Tijuana, Mexico as their asylum case moves through the U.S. court system in 2019.

Thousands of Venezuelan and Burmese immigrants just got to apply for temporary protected status. But as congressional Democrats work on a path to citizenship for immigrants who’ve had the status for decades, new grantees could be left out. Read more»

Ivan Ocon’s U.S. Army photo

Military service is supposed to qualify veterans for naturalization as U.S. citizens. The promise of naturalization is sometimes a recruiting strategy targeting immigrant communities. Yet some veterans are deported after being convicted of crimes related to struggles with PTSD and substance abuse. Read more»

Phoenix immigration attorney Daniel Rodríguez says he wants to know more about the political strategy President Joe Biden plans to put in place to help those who hope to get citizenship through this new plan.

President Joe Biden's plan to reform the U.S. immigration system includes preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and outlines a path to permanent residence and citizenship for its recipients, but some immigrants remain skeptical about the future. Read more»

Hundreds in Tucson demonstrate in 2017 for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protected people who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation for two years and gave them a work visa. DACA was ended by the Trump administration in 2017, however, legal challenges have kept the program alive.

A group of immigrants in New York have asked a federal judge to invalidate a July 28 memo that restricts DACA, and force the government to again process first-time applications, advance parole requests, and renewals under the terms of the original immigrant protection program. Read more»

Hundreds push for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protected people who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation for two years and gave them a work visa. DACA was ended by the Trump administration in 2017, however, legal challenges have kept the program alive.

The Trump administration moved to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which currently protects about 644,000 'Dreamers' from deportation, in a move that flouts a federal court order that required new applications to be accepted. Read more»

Arizona lawmakers appear to understand that their guests can bring along attention, with many bringing guests to President Trump’s State of the Union to highlight issues ranging from health care to immigration and border security. Read more»

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