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Students from around the state arrive by bus to the Arizona Capitol for Aliento’s Education Day on Feb. 15, 2023. The event allows students, educators and other community advocates to talk with legislators about the organization’s policy priorities.

About 150 students conducted 40 meetings with elected officials at the Arizona Capitol during Aliento’s Education Day, advocating for the Promise for Dreamers Scholarship Program and repeal of Proposition 203 that curtails bilingual education in public schools. Read more»

Aliento founder Reyna Montoya, center, at the UnidosUS awards. She is flanked by friends Devin O’Brien, left, and Cynthia Aragon and, back row from left, Frankie Pastor, Denise Garcia and Frank Sharry.

An Arizona nonprofit was honored Tuesday for its push to win in-state tuition for undocumented students, a change that organizers said has moved the state from an “epicenter of hate toward immigrants into an epicenter of hope.” Read more»

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

A decision on the legality of DACA - when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court - is not expected to be issued until 2024, and while Congress appears unlikely to take action, participants in the program are left uncertain if they will be protected from deportation. Read more»

Voters in November authorized allowing undocumented Arizona high school graduates to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid.

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for barely a week, and already Republican lawmakers are saying bipartisanship appears firmly out of reach and the state is headed for a government shutdown this summer.  Read more»

For 16 years, state residents who were undocumented have been barred from receiving in-state tuition at Arizona’s colleges and universities, which made higher education too expensive for many. Proposition 308 reversed that and now state colleges are expecting an increase in undocumented students as early as this spring.

Arizona colleges say they are prepared to begin accepting undocumented students as soon as this spring after voters narrowly approved Proposition 308, a measure allowing state residents to get the in-state tuition rate, regardless of their citizenship status. Read more»

Faith leaders with Faith in Action lead a march on March 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C. to pressure President Joe Biden and the Democratic-majority Congress to expand voting rights and support for immigrants.

Noncitizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections, and false claims they are voting illegally have been at the center of Republican campaigns - and efforts by cities to give noncitizens a say in local elections is being used to suppress voting rights and spread conspiracy theories. Read more»

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»

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»

Prop. 308 repeals parts of Proposition 300, a 2006 ballot measure that barred non-citizens from receiving state-subsidized services, including in-state tuition and state-funded financial aid.

The passage of Proposition 308 this month guarantees in-state tuition and access to state-funded financial aid for every Arizona student regardless of citizenship status as long as they attend a high-school in the state for at least two years and graduate. Read more»

Arizona is one of only six states which bars undocumented students from in-state tuition.

The fate of a ballot measure that would help undocumented students who graduate from Arizona high schools afford college remained unclear after ballots counted Wednesday left it with 51% in support and 49% opposed. Read more»

In Arizona, about 2,000 students without immigration status graduate from high school every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Pictured are graduates from North High School in Phoenix during a commencement ceremony on May 22, 2019.

Proposition 308 would allow all Arizona students, regardless of immigration status, who received a high school diploma and spent at least two years in the state to be eligible for state-funded financial aid and in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. 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»

Early voting started this week and voters are set to approve or reject 10 ballot initiatives.

Early voting started this week and voters are set to approve or reject 10 ballot initiatives - the majority of which were referred to the ballot by legislators, including three which restrict the ability of Arizonans to pass their own laws. 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»

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