Another Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Dismissed

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge in Phoenix has dismissed another challenge to Arizona's new immigration law. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday granted the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in July by the League of United Latin American Citizens. The league sued over training...

Arizona Governor Countersues Federal Government

PHOENIX - (AP) Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona's border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. The lawsuit claims the federal government...

Court Won't Lift Stay On Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down....

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...

Federal Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Utah immigration law that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest, citing its similarities to the most controversial parts of an Arizona law that seems bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge...

State Immigration Laws May Never Be Constitutional

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Utah legislators passed an immigration law that they were confident wouldn't end up the same way Arizona's version did last year: tangled up in the courts. But 14 hours after Utah's law went into effect this week, it, too, was before a federal judge. As the case goes...

Split U.S. High Court Upholds Arizona's Alien Employment Statute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An Arizona statute that imposes sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized aliens is not preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 26 ( Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Michael...

Supreme Court Sustains Arizona Employer Sanctions Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law Thursday that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. By a 5-3 vote, the court said that federal immigration law gives states the...

A Summary Of The Supreme Court's Ruling On The Legal Arizona Workers Act

Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting , 563 U.S. ___ (May 26, 2011): The Legal Arizona Workers Act, requiring all Arizona employers to use E-Verify and suspending or revoking the business licenses of employers who knowingly or intentionally hire unauthorized aliens, is valid under the Immigration...

Former ICE Leader Julie Myers Wood On What High Court's Arizona Immigration Law Ruling Means

The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gives her analysis of the Supreme Court's opinion in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting , in which the court upheld key provisions of the Legal Arizona Workers Act. The act authorizes suspension or revocation of business licenses for knowing...

Arizona Gov. Brewer Asks Supreme Court To Hear Immigration Law Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) 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...

Arizona contractor pleads guilty to unlawful hiring

"A southern Arizona contractor pleaded guilty in Tucson on Friday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the first case in the state in which authorities pursued criminal charges instead of just fines." - Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2011 .

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...

Utah Immigration Law Could Hinge on Fate of Arizona’s

"Karen Tumlin, managing attorney with NILC, said HB497 would be unconstitutional because it would require a person to wait while local police verified legal status — even after the original reason for a stop had been resolved by either issuing a citation or not finding enough evidence...

Excerpts From the May 15 Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Immigration Activity in the Supreme Court

Immigration Activity in the Supreme Court On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case involving Arizona's controversial S.B. 1070. The transcript is available on lexis.com at 2012 U.S. Trans. LEXIS 35. The decision is expected by the end of June. Also pending are decisions...

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 invalidated three of the four key provisions of the controversial Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070 ( Arizona, et al. v. United States , No. 11-182, U.S. Sup. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]). In an opinion written by...

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...

David Martin: Reading Arizona

"[T]he majority warmly reaffirmed a constitutional doctrine, known as obstacle preemption, that will favor the federal government’s interests in a wide swath of future cases. It also strongly endorsed the primacy of the federal government in immigration control, in the face of a stunningly...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Revises Policy on False Claims to Citizenship: In a pair of letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in late August and early September, the administration confirmed that individuals charged with making false claims to U.S. citizenship can raise as an affirmative defense...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Try To Fill Federal Vacuum On Immigration Reform

By Lou Cannon | With immigration reform blocked by partisan gridlock and government shutdown in Washington, states led by California have stepped in to ease the plight of illegal immigrants. "While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said...

Fate of Former Arizona Detective Carmen Figueroa Depends on Immigration 'Discretion'

"Carmen Figueroa was a good Arizona Department of Public Safety officer for 10 years, but now faces the possibility of deportation to Mexico. Whether she actually gets deported, though, depends. Will the system view her as a foreigner who infiltrated not just the state police but the U.S. Bureau...

9th Circuit Strikes Down Arizona’s Proposition 100, A Constitutional Amendment Denying Bail To Undocumented Immigrants

Arizona’s Proposition 100, which mandates that bail be denied for serious felony offenses as prescribed by the state legislature, if the person charged has entered or remained in the United States without documentation, was struck down on October 15, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals...