Supreme Court Rules against Requiring Voters to Prove Citizenship

June 18, 2013

Retrieved from: In prior blog posts, we have written about Arizona immigration laws being struck down by the Supreme Court. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled once again against Arizona, claiming the state may not require proof of citizenship from people seeking to vote in federal elections. Prior to the ruling, Arizona required people…

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Mixed Ruling on Arizona Voter Restrictions

April 30, 2012

Voting rights and state initiatives to prevent voting frauds remain contentious subjects. A growing number of states have enacted voter ID laws, prompting a divisive debate over whether proponents are seeking to limit access to the polls in a presidential election year. In November 2004 Arizona accepted “Proposition 200,” an Arizona state initiative that required…

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Arizona Rethinks Immigration Policy: it’s the Economy, Stupid!

February 20, 2012

Arizona, once a trailblazer in cracking down on illegal immigration, is rethinking its ways. While a number of states jumped on the Arizona bandwagon and copied the state’s illegal immigration laws in an effort to reduce their unemployment rate and rev up the local economy, it’s becoming clear that the laws’ unintended consequences, in particular…

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Arizona Gov. Vetoes Presidential “Birther” Bill

April 20, 2011

On Monday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have required President Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names could appear on the state’s ballot. The bill would have made Arizona the first state to pass such a requirement. So-called “birthers” claim there’s no proof President Obama…

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Georgia House Passes Arizona-style Immigration Bill

April 19, 2011

An Arizona-style immigration bill passed in the Georgia House by a vote of 112 to 59 last Thursday. Following the passage of the controversial bill, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said he would sign such a bill into law. The passage of such a law would throw Georgia into the center of the national debate over…

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United States of America v. State of Arizona Continues

April 11, 2011

We have continuously reported about Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The law included a provision that would require the police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and suspect is in the country illegally. Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a ruling in which it upheld a preliminary injunction…

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Further Immigration Restrictions in Arizona

February 24, 2011

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are proposing a sweeping package of immigration restrictions that might make the controversial measures the state approved last year, which the Obama administration went to court to block, look mild. Illegal immigrants would be barred from driving in the state, enrolling in school or receiving most public benefits. Their children would…

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Arizona governor countersues federal government

February 14, 2011

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer filed a counter-lawsuit against the federal government last week (Febr 10, 2011) for failing to control the border and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs for jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. This is an interesting move. After his state was challenged by the Federal Government…

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This is America !

January 31, 2011

A fantastic radio interview on PBS had the following condensed dialogue about the killings in Tuscon, Arizona: MARK SHIELDS: […] There was one observation that was made this week I just have to pass on to you by a friend of mine, Allen Ginsberg, who is an historian up in Maine. And he said, this…

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Federal judges recuse themselves in Arizona shooting Loughner case

January 12, 2011

All federal judges in Tucson have taken themselves off the case of Jared Loughner, who shot several persons on Arizona last week, including Gabrielle Giffords and Federal Judge John M. Roll. A move which was somehow expected within the legal community to guarantee the court will not be impacted from their personal acquaintance with their…

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