Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Other Election 2012 News: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rep. Lou Barletta Win Re-Election, Maryland passes DREAM Act
President Obama won relection but, at least from an immigration perspective, other results were a mixed bag.
Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has frequently made the news on ImmigrationProf blog (including for the racial profiling charges in a federal civil rights trial last summer), handily won reelection on Tuesday. One is left to wonder why, given Arpaio's dismal civil rights record with respect to Latinos and immigrants, the voters of Arizona reelected him.
On the good news side of the ledger, Maryland voters enacted a state DREAM Act that allows certain undocumented resident students to pay in-state tuition at Maryland state colleges. It is the first state DREAM act to be approved by the voters in a state election. Professor Michael Olivas has compiled a list of the state fee laws for undocumented students.