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Unions Challenge S.C. Immigration Law

"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 Coalition and others, including the Service...

Holder v. Haley: USA v. South Carolina - Complaint

"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 violate the Supremacy Clause of the United States...

Department of Justice Challenges South Carolina’s Immigration Law

"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. 69, as enacted by the state on June 27, 2011, are...

Lawsuit: Immigration officials wrongly held man for 7 months

"A Seattle-area man detained by immigration authorities for nearly seven months now claims he was wrongly arrested at Sea-Tac Airport while attempting to fly to Alaska. Describing his arrest as “an arbitrary and indefensible loss of liberty,” attorneys for Haji Dukureh claims he...

Federal court: South Carolina immigration law in 'direct conflict' with federal law

"[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 police to check immigration status. ... Gergel...

Tenn. jail immigration policy made in secret, lawsuit says

"A lawsuit in Nashville is seeking to stop jailers across Tennessee from enforcing a state law that requires them to investigate the immigration status of any person who comes into a county or municipal detention facility. Public Chapter No. 1112, which passed in 2010 and took effect this...

TN police board scraps jail immigration screenings

"Jailers will no longer interview suspects about their birthplace and citizenship after a state commission, facing pressure from a lawsuit, scrapped immigration rules just two weeks into their implementation. The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission voted unanimously on...

Federal judge halts S.C. immigration suit

"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 Monday after receiving requests to do so from...

Federal lawsuit: Tenn. county judge acts as ICE cop

"Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment’s crusade against state officials who attempt to enforce federal immigration law continued this week with the filing of a federal lawsuit against Maury County government and General Sessions Judge Bobby Sands. According to the lawsuit...

DHS 'Privacy' Policy Blocks Release of Names of Immigrant Arrests; Paper Sues

"The Obama administration announced last week that it had made America safer by arresting 3,100 illegal immigrants who have criminal records or are immigration fugitives or immigration violators. Twenty-four of that number were right here in New Hampshire. If it is true, that is great news...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges DOMA in Family Immigration Cases

Arenas, et al. v. Napolitano, et al., Case No. SACV12-1137-JVS(MLGx) (United States District Court for the Central District of California) "The 25-year old son of an immigrant from the Philippines, with his mother and her U.S. citizen spouse, today filed a class action lawsuit in federal court...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...

Texas A.G. Sues Immigration Scammer

"The state attorney general has accused a San Antonio man of pretending to be an immigration lawyer and has filed a lawsuit to make him stop the practice. Donato Arredondo, 62, solicited $171,000 in fees from immigrants in Austin two years ago to help them obtain legal status in the United States...

Texas Sues Immigration Scammers: State v. Driskell

"NOW COMES Plaintiff, STATE OF TEXAS (hereinafter, ‘State”), acting by and through he Attorney General, GREG ABBOTT, and on behalf of the public interest, complaining of Defendants GEORGE ALLEN DRISKELL JR., ALEJANDRA DRISKELL A/K/A ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ DE DYER D/B/A DRISKELL ALEJANDRA...

Lawsuit: Scammers Trolled Immigration Jails for Clients

"As immigrants waited in South Texas detention centers to get legal help, a Boerne woman says she trolled the centers to round up clients for three immigration lawyers and eventually for herself, keeping a cut of attorneys fees in an illegal practice that went on for two years, court records show...

States File Lawsuit Challenging Executive Action on Immigration

"Leading a 17-state charge up a steep legal hill, [Texas] Attorney General and soon-to-be-Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's moves to expand legal protections for undocumented immigrants. ... Legal and political experts said they were...

Court: Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Obama Over Immigration

"The role of the Judiciary is to resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury — not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches. The plaintiff’s case raises important questions regarding the impact of illegal...

Immigration Lawsuit Thrown Out: Arpaio v. Obama

"President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration survived their first major court test Tuesday, when a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming the president exceeded his constitutional power. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed a challenge brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe...

Mayors Support President, Oppose Texas in Immigration Lawsuit

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among more than 30 mayors to go to court Monday to oppose a lawsuit brought by over a dozen states to block President Barack Obama’s immigration-reform plan . Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Garcetti organized...

States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration

"Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter...