Immigration Law

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S. Carolina Sup. Ct. on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Taylor v. State
Posted on 11 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Taylor v. State, Feb. 28, 2018 - "This is a post-conviction relief (PCR) matter in which Petitioner Gregg Taylor, a Jamaican citizen, pled guilty to a drug offense. Petitioner resided in South Carolina for years with his wife and two children... Read More

J-1 Students in South Carolina Exploited for Cheap Labor - SPLC Complaint
Posted on 28 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC, July 27, 2016 - "Foreign college students who paid thousands of dollars to spend their summer living and working in the United States as part of a federal cultural exchange program were exploited by a labor broker who used the program as a... Read More

Federal court: South Carolina immigration law in 'direct conflict' with federal law
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]hile it is unlikely that Gergel would block the entire law, questions indicate he is considering blocking one provision that requires immigrants to carry their paperwork that permits them to be in the United States and another that requires... Read More

Holder v. Haley: USA v. South Carolina - Complaint
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this action, the United States seeks to declare invalid and enjoin the enforcement of certain provisions of Act No. 69, as enacted by the State of South Carolina on June 27, 2011, because such provisions are preempted by federal law and therefore... Read More

CA4 Blocks Key Provisions of South Carolina Anti-Immigrant Law: USA v. S. Carolina
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We have held that Lowcountry Plaintiffs and the United States have made a clear showing that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their challenge to Sections 4, 5, and 6(B)(2) of Act 69. We further hold that the appellee-plaintiffs have made... Read More

S. Carolina Cites 300+ Businesses for Failure to Comply with E-Verify Mandate
Posted on 31 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the first full year of mandatory immigration checks for SC workers, the state cited 323 businesses for failing to comply with the law. None of those businesses lost its license to operate in South Carolina, and none has been a repeat offender... Read More

Unions Challenge S.C. Immigration Law
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"South Carolina's tough new immigration law, set to take effect Jan. 1, is unconstitutional and invites police to engage in racial profiling, seven civil rights groups and unions say in a federal complaint . Lead plaintiff Lowcountry Immigration... Read More

Lawsuit Filed by U.S. Citizen Against S. Carolina re Tuition
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Today, MALDEF filed Rocha Herrera v. Finan in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Spartanburg Division, against the board members of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, asserting that they violate the Fourteenth... Read More

Federal judge halts S.C. immigration suit
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in South Carolina has halted a lawsuit over the state's tough new immigration law pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge in Arizona. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel issued the order... Read More

Department of Justice Challenges South Carolina’s Immigration Law
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Justice challenged South Carolina’s recently passed immigration law, Act No. 69, in federal court today. In a complaint, filed in the District of South Carolina, the department states that certain provisions of Act No.... Read More

Mixed Decision in South Carolina Immigration Law Case
Posted on 16 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" A federal court today blocked key provisions of South Carolina's anti-immigrant law and recognized that harms could take place if police check a person's immigration status, inviting additional challenges of civil rights abuses. The decision... Read More

South Carolina Legal Immigrants Worry Law Will Subject Them to Profiling
Posted on 27 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Legal immigrants and U.S citizens of Latino heritage in South Carolina say they are worried that the state’s immigration law – on track to go into effect Jan. 1 – will upend their lives. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Key Sections of South Carolina Immigration Law
Posted on 22 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge Thursday blocked enforcement of South Carolina's Arizona -style anti-immigration law, siding with the Obama administration's argument that three of the law's provisions unlawfully enter the federal government's... Read More

GOP Showdown With Justice Department Over Immigration
Posted on 11 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A war has ignited between the Justice Department and several states over their controversial new immigration laws, and Republican senators are stepping into the fray, looking to prevent the Obama administration from challenging these laws... Read More

Parents of Students Worry over South Carolina Immigration Law
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Though South Carolina's new immigration law does not demand that schools review the legal status of their students, the legislation has generated uncertainty among students and their parents." - EFE/Fox News Latino, Nov. 16, 2011 . Read More