Legal Insurrection: The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today about Arizona’s controversial illegal immigratio law, SB 1070. Based on the initial reports, it appears that the Court may uphold at least one key provision of the law, which allows state law enforcement to inquire about a person’s immigration status. Even some of the [...]
findlaw.com: On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear from both sides of the argument as to whether states can adopt their own policies on handling illegal immigration. Arizona’s lawmakers appear to be staunchly supportive of such sovereignty:
“If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing [...]
ABA Journal: “Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court’s October Term 2011 will end April 25 with one of the most important and politically controversial cases of the year: Arizona v. United States. The issue before the court is whether key provisions of Arizona’s statute SB 1070—which calls on state and local law [...]
ktar.com: “The judge presiding over lawsuits challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law has set a hearing to consider a request by the law’s opponents to grant class-action status in their lawsuit that seeks to declare the law unconstitutional.”
For more information on the June 4 hearing, click here.
ABA Journal: The ABA has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn part of a controversial Arizona law that requires immigration status checks for some people who are stopped or arrested.
The ABA brief urges the court to rule that four enjoined provisions are pre-empted by federal [...]
Arizona Republic: “Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres wasn’t the first person to accuse the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling, but the legal resident’s lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office was among the first legal challenges to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement tactics. The 4-year-old case today will go before a U.S. District Court [...]
USA Today: The Supreme Court opens a potentially epic term Monday that could roil debate in the 2012 presidential election campaign.
The justices have taken a raft of cases that would affect people in their daily lives, including on when police can track their cars with GPS devices and what racy material gets on television [...]
Washington Post: The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court.
Justice Department lawyers have sued Arizona and Alabama, where a federal judge on Wednesday [...]
AZCentral: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state’s immigration enforcement law.
The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court’s decision that, among other things, barred police from enforcing [...]
AZCentral: A federal countersuit filed by Gov. Jan Brewer alleging that the federal government is failing to secure the border from an “invasion” appears to be on shaky ground.
The suit, which was filed in connection with the federal suit over Senate Bill 1070, got its first day in court Thursday as attorneys for the [...]
AZCentral: Federal authorities can’t secure sections of the U.S. border because of environmental laws that block access to public lands and slow efforts to stop drug smugglers and illegal immigrants, say backers of legislation that would waive those laws along the border.
Arizona hired Paul Clement to defend SB 1070 in a pending appeal to the Supreme Court. Clement has made headlines, recently, for his role in a number of highly publicized cases. Clement represented the National Football League in their appeal against the players union, and Clement resigned from his former firm after the [...]
AZCentral: Civil liberties groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to block Georgia from enforcing a law that cracks down on illegal immigration, saying it violates state and federal law.
AZCentral: A special report on immigration in Arizona and around the world.
Los Angeles Times: The Alabama Legislature has passed an Arizona-style law to crack down on illegal immigration, including a requirement that all businesses verify new employees are legal residents.
Arizona Republic: “Two mentally disabled immigrants must be given lawyers as they fight deportation, a U.S. district court judge has ruled. Jose Franco-Gonzalez, 29, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez, 48, of San Bernardino, Calif., are at the center of a case that marks one of the first instances in which a [...]
The following is the text of a December 10, 2010, press release from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer:
“Governor Jan Brewer today announced that the federal district court has granted her motions to dismiss the challenges to SB 1070 filed by Phoenix police officers David Salgado, Corbet Clack, and Paul Dobson and Chicanos Por [...]
Arizona Republic: “A boycott of Arizona in the wake of a controversial immigration law has cost the state more than $140 million in lost meeting and convention business, a new report released Thursday shows.”
1200 News Radio WOAI: “ Less than an hour after the period began for filing bills for consideration in the 2011 Legislative session, State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball), a leader of the newly muscular conservatives in the Legislature, filed an ‘Arizona style’ measure that would crack down on illegal immigration,“
Arizona Republic: “Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever seemed surprised and encouraged by some of the comments three 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges made during a hearing Monday over Senate Bill 1070.”
See the LA Times story called “Judicial [...]
Arizona Republic: “When it comes to cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, Arizona may be getting the headlines, but South Carolina seems to be getting results. Only three businesses . . . have been prosecuted in the nearly three years since Arizona’s highly publicized employer-sanctions law took effect. . . . [...]
Fox News: “The gruesome case of a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment has police investigating whether the killing is potentially the most extreme example of Mexican drug cartel violence spilling over the border.”
See “Eric Holder Was Unavailable for Comment,” which states:
“Remember when Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was [...]
Arizona Republic: “Six months after Arizona’s new immigration law was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, the protests, boycotts and bloggers have fallen off dramatically. But there is still evidence to show that the harm to Arizona’s businesses continues, although no one knows by how much or whether the damage, too, is waning. And [...]
Much of the debate regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1070 concerns its implementation, with considerably less focus on its origins. Proponents of SB 1070 maintain that it stems from and upholds federal law, and that it purposes to curb illegal immigration and protect Arizona citizens. Some opponents believe that SB 1070 is, among other things, a money-making plan [...]
Arizona Republic: “An NPR story about the origins of Senate Bill 1070 drew an angry response Thursday from its author, who said the radio account exaggerated the role prison lobbyists had in drafting it. State Sen. Russell Pearce [said] . . . ‘It’s a lie’,”
See “Arizona immigration law wrong, Janet [...]
Wall St. Journal: “Arizona has attracted more than $3.6 million of donations to help defend its law to crack down on illegal immigration, with one whopping contribution—and thousands of smaller ones—from out of state. Timothy Mellon, an heir to a Pittsburgh steel and banking dynasty, has donated $1.5 million to a legal-defense fund [...]
Why is this not a surprise? CNS News: “The U.S. government does not have ‘effective control’ of 1,081 miles of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for securing the border.” I’ve got a great idea. It’s doing [...]
Arizona Republic: “There has been no shortage of talk about comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill. But years of promises, good intentions and even all-out efforts to pass legislation so far have led nowhere. And with Congress in recess, time has run out – again – to tackle reform before the midterm elections, [...]
Houston Chronicle: “immigration judges dismissed more than 200 cases, an increase of more than 700 percent from the prior month, new data shows. The number of dismissals in Houston courts reached 217 in August . . . . In early August, federal attorneys in Houston started filing unsolicited motions to dismiss cases involving [...]
Here is the text of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s October 13, 2010, press release about the brief she filed on behalf of Arizona in the United States v. Arizona lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department to overturn Arizona Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law.
“Today I filed my response to the [...]