Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform

Instead of turning against undocumented immigrants after her husband's killing, this journalist chose to work for positive policy reform.
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When her husband, Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle, was killed by an undocumented immigrant, many Arizonans expected Julie Erfle to join forces with the state’s anti-immigration groups. But Erfle surprised them.

“I refused to be a part of that equation, because America can do better,” she says. Erfle’s background as a journalist led her to examine the misconceptions behind America’s immigration debate that inhibit positive change. She created a website to share her findings, hoping her observations would motivate others to get involved in the movement for immigration policy reform. “It’s toxic to even address [immigration] for many of our leaders because there is so much misinformation out there,” Erfle says. “My main focus is to educate.”

Erfle partners as a powerful spokesperson with immigration reform groups. And her blog, Politics Uncuffed, offers a thoughtful perspective on the search for solutions. 


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