AP: $500,000 Donated To Arizona To Defend Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) Retirees and other residents from all over the country were among those who donated nearly $500,000 to help Arizona defend its immigration enforcement law, with most chipping in $100 or less, according to an analysis of documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. The donations...

Cases Lining Up To Challenge Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge is holding hearings on a parade of legal challenges to Arizona's immigration enforcement law, but resolving the seven cases filed so far could keep the court busy for years. Two of the cases were set to go before U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Thursday. Full version...

Arizona Judge Raises The Realities Of Porous Border

PHOENIX - (AP) The judge who will decide whether Arizona's new immigration law is constitutional hasn't indicated whether she'll put the statute on hold before it takes effect next week and had some pointed questions Thursday for challengers at two court hearings. U.S. District Judge Susan...

Nebraska Town May Halt Immigration Law To Save Money

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Faced with expensive legal challenges, officials in the eastern Nebraska town of Fremont are considering suspending a voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants until the lawsuits are resolved. The City Council narrowly rejected the ban in 2008, prompting...

Nebraska City Suspends Immigration Law, Goes To Court

FREMONT, Neb. - (AP) A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved. Groups challenging the ordinance are expected in court Wednesday, a day after...

Lawsuit: Mentally Ill U.S. Citizen Wrongly Deported

ATLANTA - (AP) A mentally disabled U.S. citizen who spoke no Spanish was deported to Mexico with little but a prison jumpsuit after immigration agents manipulated him into signing documents allowing his removal, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. His lawyers say the agents ignored records showing his...

California Immigrant Detainee Medical Care Lawsuit Settles

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Immigration officials agreed on Thursday to expand medical care at a San Diego detention facility to settle a lawsuit that claimed inadequate treatment for immigrants facing deportation, plaintiffs' attorneys said. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will provide a psychiatrist and...

Judge: 2 Hispanics Illegally Stopped In Arizona Raid

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during one of the workplace raids the Phoenix area's controversial sheriff uses to enforce immigration laws. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies stopped Julian and Julio Mora's...

Utah Sued By Groups Over Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Two national organizations are suing Utah to halt a new immigration law they claim encourages racial profiling. The National Immigration Law Center says an enforcement measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March is just as unconstitutional as a similar Arizona law that courts have...

ACLU says Colorado Immigrant Settles Detention Case

DENVER - (AP) An immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally could receive $90,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a suburban Denver jail for 47 days, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. Luis Quezada, 37, agreed to a $40,000 settlement with the Jefferson...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

Broken Lives, Empty Fields: One Alabama Farmer's Story

"K&B Farm owner Brian Cash watched 85% of his workforce disappear in one day as workers fled the state in fear of harassment and discrimination since Alabama’s immigration law went into effect. Brian’s family has been farming for three generations, but if he can’t get...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arizona Immigration Law Argument

DENVER - The Supreme Court of the United States on April 25 heard oral arguments on whether to reverse a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that an Arizona law that addresses the local impacts of illegal immigration is unconstitutional. Before each of...

Mountain States Legal Foundation Says U.S. Supreme Court Upheld Core Provision of Arizona Immigration Law

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - The Supreme Court of the United States on June 25 unanimously upheld an Arizona law that allows law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of individuals they stop who are suspected of being in the country illegally ( Arizona v. United States , No...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...