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Cert. Denied in Maryland Immigrant Arrest Case: Frederick County Bd. of Comm. v. Orellana Santos

March 25, 2014 (1 min read)

"The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Frederick County case in which a woman challenged local authorities' power to arrest her on an immigration violation, cementing her victory in a case that has been closely watched by both sides of the immigration debate.  Supporters of Roxana Santos, a Salvadoran immigrant, said the decision shows that Frederick County overstepped the law with its aggressive stance on immigration enforcement.  Santos said she was arrested after being approached by Frederick County sheriff's deputies while she was eating lunch in October 2008.  She sued the county and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins after 45 days in jail, alleging that the officers violated her Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure. She also accused the county of profiling her. ... A lower court dismissed her suit, but Santos appealed last August to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and won." - Baltimore Sun, Mar. 24, 2014.