Monday, April 18, 2016

Executive action on immigration is proper, necessary

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda released the following statement on today’s oral arguments challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration:

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of opening statements today regarding President Obama’s
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executive actions on immigration has set forth a process that will impact the near future of Arizona and the country as a whole,” said Senator Miranda.

“As a strong supporter of President Obama’s executive actions I find the Republicans' challenge against them extremely disrespectful to both President Obama and all immigrant families who will ultimately be affected by the decision. With Republican senators blocking President Obama’s new U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee, the possibility of a 4-4 split decision is very real. This split decision would ultimately prove to be the same as a ruling against the executive actions. It’s imperative that we as legislative officials, concerned citizens, and civil rights activists turn the Republicans' unprecedented disrespect into an enormous and powerful civil action. 

“Over the past couple of days I have received dozens of calls from worried immigrant families in my legislative district. There is one word that resonates with each and every one of these calls: angst. It is disheartening to think that the future of millions of American families hangs on one decision, but I stand alongside these families very hopeful of a positive ruling in the next couple of months.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Allowing Dreamers to drive will allow AZ to thrive

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda released the following statement on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Arizona cannot deny licenses to Dreamers:
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"Once again the courts have said that Arizona cannot deny drivers licenses to Dreamers, and once again our top office holders say they are considering whether to appeal," said Senator Miranda.

"It's time for this state's ruling party to relinquish this fight, stop wasting taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars and acknowledge that the children of undocumented immigrants play a crucial role in our economy and make important contributions to our communities. Allowing Dreamers to drive to work, to drive to school and to have an official I.D. will allow our state to thrive."