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Montana Supreme Court on Detainers: Ramon v. Short
Posted on 27 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ramon v. Short "With the exception of the limited circumstances discussed, neither federal law nor Montana law provide state or local Montana law enforcement officers with the authority to arrest individuals based on federal civil immigration violations... Read More

Tags: Montana , detainers , ICE

Court Rules Montana Sheriff’s Deputy and Judge Violated Rights of Immigrant by Unlawfully Arresting Him: Reynaga Hernandez v. Skinner
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 29, 2019 "Earlier today, a federal court in Montana ruled that a sheriff’s deputy and a justice of the peace in Billings, Montana, violated the Fourth Amendment when they arrested Miguel Reynaga at a state courthouse in Billings... Read More

Lawsuit: American Citizens Unlawfully Detained by CBP in Montana...for Speaking Spanish
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and law firm Crowley Fleck PLLP filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two American citizens detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for speaking Spanish while... Read More

Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Law: MIJA v. Bullock (May 10, 2016)
Posted on 11 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 20 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

USCIS Issues Policy Memo on International Filings On November 30, 2012, USCIS issued a final policy memorandum outlining the circumstances in which applicants may file Form I-601 (Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility) and any associated... Read More

New POE in Montana
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Scobey, Mont. — "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the opening of the new land border port of entry at Scobey. The port of Scobey, on Daniels County Hwy 13 North, adjoins the Canadian port of Coronach, on HWY 36... Read More

Immigration officer forwards racially charged email to Muslim-American lawyer
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Shahid Haque-Hausrath sat down at his computer on the morning of Sept. 28 and, as he does at the start of most work days, began reading his email. In his inbox that morning was an email from the state's top U.S. Department of Homeland... Read More

Montana Highway Patrol and Plaintiffs Settle Litigation over Traffic Stops, Profiling
Posted on 4 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Advocates Prevail in Challenge to Montana Anti-Immigrant Law
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Friday, Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of the First Judicial District Court struck down the vast majority of Montana’s voter-approved law requiring state agencies to determine an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status before granting... Read More

Montana Lawsuit Filed Challenging 'Proof of Citizenship' Referendum
Posted on 12 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shahid Haque-Hausrath writes: "On December 7, 2012, the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”) filed a lawsuit in Montana’s First Judicial District Court to challenge and enjoin implementation of LR-121 , along with our co... Read More

Anti-Immigrant Law Hits Roadblock in Big Sky Country
Posted on 31 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"J udge Jeffrey Sherlock has granted a partial preliminary injunction , issuing “limiting constructions” on the ways that the State of Montana can implement LR-121. You can download the order here . This order is significant because it... Read More

Business as Usual for ICE in Montana After Racist E-Mail Incident
Posted on 16 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Montana ICE supervisor Bruce Norum was suspended after he forwarded a "racially-charged, Islamophobic email to [immigration attorney] Shahid Haque-Hausrath, of Helena." Now he's back on the job, with no apology and no explanation from ICE... Read More

Tags: Montana , norum , ICE , email , racist

ICE Officer In Montana Relieved Of Duties
Posted on 15 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an Islamophobic email to a Helena immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case. Earlier this month, Bruce Norum, the... Read More

Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Montana Highway Patrol
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On October 7, 2013, the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”) and four representative plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana against Colonel Tom Butler, sued in his official capacity as... Read More