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Holding Penalty

"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 the county for the cost of detention. The ordinance...

Split Decision on Nebraska Immigration Law

"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 the ordinance that barred landlords from providing...

Atlanta Rejects Mexican IDs

"The city of Atlanta has repealed an ordinance that recognized a particular Mexican ID card for city government transactions.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 Enforcement and Review Board. The complaint...

Chicago: Immigrants Need Not Fear Police

"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. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez...

CA5: Farmers Branch Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional

"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 (Jan. 22, 2008), permanently enjoined by Villas...

San Francisco Rejects ICE Jail Holds

"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 a second vote next week but is expected to...

Seattle Limits ICE Detainers

"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 by Councilmembers Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott...

Nebraska Town Keeps Rental Ordinance

"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 U.S." - AP, Feb. 12, 2014 . "Supporters...

Supreme Court Lets Stand Nebraska Immigration Ordinance

"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 likely to encounter fresh legal challenges. Kris...

Philly Ordinance Strikes Blow Against Notarios, Protects Immigrants

"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 say President Obama’s recent executive...