Victory! The University of Michigan Grants In-State Tuition to DREAMers
Yesterday, we Dreamers won a huge victory for equality in Michigan.
The Regents of the University of Michigan voted to grant in-state tuition to all Michigan students who meet certain basic educational requirements, regardless of their immigration status.
ACLU Lauds U of M’s Decision to Apply In-State Tuition Rates to Local Students Regardless of Immigration Status
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the University of Michigan Board Of Regents today for extending in-state tuition rates to all students who attended high school and middle school in Michigan, regardless of their immigration status.
Michigan Reverses Policy, Issues Driver's Licenses to DREAMers
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young immigrants brought to the country as children – commonly known as DREAMers – from receiving driver’s licenses and identification cards in the state.
DREAMers Challenge Michigan's Policy Denying Driver's Licenses
DETROIT – Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay and work in the country.
Plaintiff Leen Nour El-Zayat, a third-year pre-medical student at Wayne State University, said she worries about continuing her studies and accepting a job if she cannot drive to school or work.
Citizenship Checkbox Ordered off the November Ballot Application
DETROIT – In a ruling from the bench, a federal judge issued an injunction today against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship checkbox.” The ruling comes after a day of testimony and arguments and will be followed by a written decision on Tuesday. A voting rights coalition brought the lawsuit requesting Judge Paul D. Borman strike down the checkbox as unconstitutional and a violation of federal and state law.
In his ruling from the bench, Judge Borman stated that the checkbox “will create chaos” and cause “irreparable injury to the voting process.”
Citizenship Checkbox Unlawful, Voting Rights Coalition Argues In Lawsuit
DETROIT – In a lawsuit filed today in federal court, a voting rights coalition is challenging Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship checkbox” as unconstitutional and a violation of federal and state law.
Election Coalition Urges Secretary of State to Ban the Citizenship Checkbox
DETROIT – In a letter today, the non-partisan Michigan Election Coalition urged the Secretary of State to immediately halt the use of the “citizenship checkbox” on voter applications, arguing that the box has no basis in law, was implemented unilaterally and may be used to harass or intimidate voters.
ACLU Urges State Police to Investigate Racial Profiling Incident
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan State Police (MSP) to investigate a racial profiling incident in which an officer illegally detained a United States citizen and turned him over to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) because of his appearance and language skills. The Grand Rapids resident had his car impounded and was handcuffed until CBP officers arrived even though he produced a valid license and repeatedly insisted he was a citizen.
Jack Lessenberry on Voter Suppression Laws
In order for this to be a true democracy, every eligible American must be able to vote. So why are states are making it harder for people to vote as legislatures pass voter suppression laws, putting roadblocks in front of our most fundamental constitutional right?
In his radio address this week, Jack Lessenberry examines the issue of voter suppression laws in Michigan.