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Immigration Law

Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Law: MIJA v. Bullock (May 10, 2016)

MIJA writes: " The Montana Supreme Court has just issued a unanimous decision striking down the entirety of Montana's anti-immigrant law, which was placed on the 2012 ballot by the Montana legislature and approved by 80% of voters. The law, known as LR-121, would have denied a wide variety of state services to so-called “illegal aliens." The Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance ("MIJA") challenged the law on behalf of its members, because it is an unlawful state-level regulation of immigration that would have wrongly denied state services to non-citizens with valid immigration status. MIJA was represented on a pro bono basis by attorneys Shahid Haque-Hausrath of the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C., and Brian Miller of Morrison Sherwood Wilson Deola PLLP.  “The law was a discriminatory attempt to drive immigrants out of the state, and would have unjustly targeted immigrants with valid federal immigration status,” Mr. Haque-Hausrath said. “The Montana Supreme Court has sent a clear message that the state has no business attempting to create its own immigration enforcement schemes.”  “The legislature ignored its own legislative services division’s warnings that the law was unconstitutional, and wasted state resources defending this unconstitutional law,” Mr. Miller said. “The court’s decision protects vulnerable immigrant populations from discrimination by state agencies in the provision of important services.”  This is a major victory for immigrants in Montana!"  [Hats off to Shahid Haque-Hausrath and Brian Miller!]