Immigration Law

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Seattle Limits ICE Detainers
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Moments ago, the King County Council passed an ordinance ( 2013-0285 ) that would establish clear guidelines for local law enforcement's involvement in federal immigration enforcement and make our communities safer. The ordinance, co-sponsored... Read More

CA5: Farmers Branch Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Ordinance at issue in this case and passed by the active citizens of the City of Farmers Branch (“Farmers Branch”) seeks to regulate non-citizens who reside in the United States contrary to law. Farmers Branch, Tex., Ordinance 2952... Read More

Split Decision on Nebraska Immigration Law
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Though a federal judge struck down a portion of the controversial Fremont, Neb., immigration ordinance Monday, the wrangling is not over. Both sides claimed victory. Though U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp threw out portions of... Read More

Unanimous Denver City Council Passes Ordinance Protecting Immigrants
Posted on 30 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 29, 2017 - "An elevated immigration policy stance approved Monday night by the Denver City Council boils down easily: Don’t ask about anyone’s status, don’t share it and don’t help federal authorities... Read More

Philly Ordinance Strikes Blow Against Notarios, Protects Immigrants
Posted on 12 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Just in time for an expected surge in immigration-services fraud, Philadelphia City Council passed landmark legislation Thursday to crack down on charlatans who pose as lawyers, and others who prey on vulnerable newcomers. Advocates for immigrants... Read More

San Francisco Rejects ICE Jail Holds
Posted on 26 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Supervisors here have approved a policy under which local law enforcement would deny requests by immigration authorities to hold arrestees for potential deportation in all but a handful of instances. ... San Francisco’s ordinance, which requires... Read More

Supreme Court Lets Stand Nebraska Immigration Ordinance
Posted on 6 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a Nebraska city’s ordinance that bans renting homes to immigrants living in the country illegally could open the door to similar laws elsewhere, supporters said Monday, though they’re... Read More

Chicago: Immigrants Need Not Fear Police
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Undocumented immigrants who witness crimes or are victims themselves would have nothing to fear from Chicago Police— and no excuse to avoid cooperating with them — under a mayoral plan unveiled Tuesday that united former political adversaries... Read More

Denver Mayor Signs Immigration Ordinance: "We do not do the work of ICE."
Posted on 1 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 31, 2017 - "Denver’s new immigration measures aim to resist federal enforcement in several ways, but Denver Police Chief Robert White summarized them bluntly at signing ceremony Thursday. “We do not do... Read More

Nebraska Town Keeps Rental Ordinance
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Residents of a small Nebraska city have reaffirmed their desire to take on illegal immigration. Nearly 60 percent of Fremont voters decided Tuesday to keep an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the... Read More

Atlanta Rejects Mexican IDs
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The city of Atlanta has repealed an ordinance that recognized a particular Mexican ID card for city government transactions. The city council voted April 16 to repeal the ordinance after a complaint was filed with the newly created state Immigration... Read More

Holding Penalty
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Under the Fair and Equal County for Immigrants ordinance, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart can decline to enforce an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,” unless the federal government agrees in writing to reimburse... Read More