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Jonathan
Blazer
As Advocacy and Policy Counsel, Jonathan Blazer tracks developments in state and local measures concerning immigrants and supports the legislative advocacy efforts of ACLU staff across the country. For seven years prior to joining ACLU Jon worked with the National Immigration Law Center as a Policy Attorney and Project Manager. He was the national coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s immigrant rights initiative. He also worked for six years as a legal services attorney in Philadelphia, where he specialized in public benefits law and founded the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services. Jon graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is based in San Francisco and works for ACLU’s national Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department.
States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

States Surge Forward on Immigrants' Rights in 2013

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 3:17pm
As 2013 comes to a close, political pundits will no doubt say that the big immigration story of the year was the paralysis of national immigration reform inside the Washington D.C. beltway. That may be so, if all you're doing is counting lines of copy. But something else happened this year, an arguably bigger and certainly more decisive 2013 immigration story: over a dozen states approved one or more significant pro-immigrant measures, including common sense reforms advancing immigrant integration and equality in areas under the state's proper control. And for the second straight year, no new state followed Arizona down into the sinkhole created by its infamous SB 1070 law, which requires all police to verify the immigration of status of anyone they suspect to be undocumented.
With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 12:12pm

This week saw an unprecedented advance in state campaigns expanding driving privileges to immigrants. Nevada's legislature...

Bentley’s Buckling on Immigration Bill Sinks Alabama into Deeper Morass

Bentley’s Buckling on Immigration Bill Sinks Alabama into Deeper Morass

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 2:37pm

How long does it take a governor to flip flop and buckle under pressure from Tea Partiers? About a day, if you’re Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

On Friday, he signed a bill making flawed revisions to HB 56, the nation’s most extreme…

Newest Anti-Immigrant Law Will Further Damage Georgia

Newest Anti-Immigrant Law Will Further Damage Georgia

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia & Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 1:44pm

Just when it seemed that Georgia was coming to grips with the damage caused by H.B. 87, the state's Arizona-inspired anti-immigrant law, some lawmakers are again attempting to rush through new measures that would further marginalize and exclude…

The Verdict is Out:  Why States Are Already Shifting Away from Alabama and Arizona's Failed  Anti-Immigrant Experiment

The Verdict is Out: Why States Are Already Shifting Away from Alabama and Arizona's Failed Anti-Immigrant Experiment

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 5:43pm

In state after state, legislatures that had vowed to adopt sweeping new immigration restrictions are now taking pause. What happened?

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