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ACLU Obtains Judgment Against Sheriff Babeu, Pinal County Based on Officers’ Use of SB 1070 “Show Me Your Papers” Law

"The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a judgment Wednesday against Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu and two Pinal County sheriff’s deputies on behalf of an Arizona woman who spent five days in the custody of immigration authorities after a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy “cited...

Court: Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Obama Over Immigration

"The role of the Judiciary is to resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury — not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches. The plaintiff’s case raises important questions regarding the impact of illegal...

Immigration Lawsuit Thrown Out: Arpaio v. Obama

"President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration survived their first major court test Tuesday, when a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming the president exceeded his constitutional power. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed a challenge brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe...

White House on Dismissal of Arpaio Lawsuit

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz on D.C. District Court Ruling Dismissing Immigration Lawsuit - " Judge Howell’s decision today confirms what the Department of Justice and scholars throughout the country have been saying all along: the President’s executive...

Feds: Texas, States Lack Standing in Immigration Lawsuit

"The Republican-led states suing President Barack Obama over his executive order not to deport certain illegal immigrants lack standing because they "themselves are not subject" to the order, the Justice Department said Wednesday . Twenty red states, four Republican governors and Michigan's...

Stand and Deliver

"In a political stunt of a lawsuit , Texas and other states claim the White House's immigration initiatives announced on Nov. 20, 2014 are illegal. The problem is that the suit has no legs, because the plaintiffs lack "standing" to sue. In a definitive 55-page memo filed on Dec...

A QUICK KNOCKOUT: SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO'S LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION DISMISSED FOR LACK OF STANDING

"On November 20, 2013, the very same day that President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at “Fixing Our Broken Immigration System” , a lawsuit against the newly announced executive actions and against the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA...

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA

"Washington State Attorney General Ferguson spearheads legal brief in support of Obama Administration’s action on immigration “Friend-of-court” brief joined by 11 other states and the District of Columbia SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the...

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among more than 30 mayors to go to court Monday to oppose a lawsuit brought by over a dozen states to block President Barack Obama’s immigration-reform plan . Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Garcetti organized...

Mayors’ Defense of DACA / DAPA Brings Critical Voice to Legal Battle

"The National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is made up of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and 33 individual mayors, including those from the nation’s five largest cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia — filed an amicus...

Lawsuits Filed in N.M. Over ITINs, Taxes

"MALDEF filed two lawsuits in state district court against the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and Secretary Demesia Padilla (collectively, "TRD") for unlawfully withholding millions of dollars from immigrant taxpayers using federal Individual Tax Identification Numbers ("ITINs"...

Expert: States Venue Shopped Immigration Lawsuit

"A federal judge's ruling last month blocking President Barack Obama's immigration executive action lays bare a pervasive practice in federal district courts: venue shopping. It is a game of odds in which lawyers pick a court to file their case where a judge or case law is likely to be more...

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS

"A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday awarded the American Immigration Council about $80,000 in attorneys’ fees after it prevailed in its bid to get the Department of Homeland Security to turn over information about noncitizens' access to counsel during their interactions with federal immigration...

Feds Settle Lawsuit Over False Arrest of American Citizen by Border Guards

"An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a case defenders say highlights how hyper-vigilant border enforcement can violate people’s civil liberties. Gerardo Vazquez-Mentado, an Oswego county resident, store owner and naturalized U.S. citizen sued the federal government after he was...

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failures of CBP to Respond to FOIA Requests

"Yesterday, a class action lawsuit was filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA gives...

Lawsuit in Los Angeles Alleges Forced Labor, Wage Theft, Visa Fraud

"Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) and Latham & Watkins LLP filed suit on behalf of 11 Filipino workers at L’Amande French Bakery, who were fraudulently lured by their employer to the United States on E-2 visas and then subjected to exploitative...

Worker Fired For Refusing To Falsify I-9 Forms, Suit Claims

"A Pennsylvania stone veneer product manufacturer and installer was slapped with a wrongful termination suit Friday by a former employee who claims she was canned for refusing to falsely certify I-9 forms to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Plaintiff Jessica Miranda alleged that Environmental...

Florida Stable Sues USCIS Over O-1 Visa Denial

"A popular thoroughbred racehorse trainer has accused the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in a D.C. federal court of engaging in “capricious” and “arbitrary” behavior by denying an assistant trainer an extension of his nonimmigrant worker status after previously...

States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration

"Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter...

DOJ Files 5th Circuit Brief in Texas v. USA

"This case involves a challenge brought by Texas and other States to enjoin — nationwide — enforcement policies that the Secretary of Homeland Security adopted to manage the government’s limited immigration enforcement resources and prioritize the removal of aliens who threaten...

Au Pair Suit Brings Domestic Worker Abuse Into Spotlight

"As a class action unfolds in Colorado alleging au pairs on the J-1 visa program have had their wages fixed at $4.35 per hour, Law360 takes a closer look at the exploitation of domestic workers by abusive employers who range from middle-class families to high-ranking diplomats. [ Link to Beltran...

Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes (Wa.) Man

"A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart declared that the Border Patrol did not have a lawful basis to arrest Gustavo Vargas when a Border Patrol agent requested an Anacortes...

Montana Highway Patrol and Plaintiffs Settle Litigation over Traffic Stops, Profiling

"The Montana Department of Justice announced an agreement with plaintiffs to resolve a lawsuit that challenged the manner in which the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) handled traffic stops involving people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. This morning's agreement was reached between Attorney...

Ex-NBA Player, Others Want $45M EB-5 Suit Axed - Law360

"Former NBA forward Theo Ratliff and various entertainment-related companies urged a Georgia federal judge on Friday to toss a $45 million lawsuit brought by a Georgia-based production studio alleging that it was pushed out of a lucrative funding opportunity with the EB-5 immigrant investor program...

Couple Sues USCIS Over 4-Year Visa Petition Delay: Ladhani v. Johnson

"A Pakistani couple sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Illinois federal court Tuesday seeking to force the agency to act on their petition for lawful permanent resident status, which they say has been held up without explanation since a USCIS agent interviewed the couple in 2011....