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Family Of Dead Mexican Migrant Sues U.S. Government

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government charges that a Mexican man was beaten by immigration agents before one of them fired a stun gun several times as he lie on the ground. The family of Anastacio Hernandez argues in its suit that agents used excessive force. . . ....

Court Won't Lift Stay On Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down....

Judge: 2 Hispanics Illegally Stopped In Arizona Raid

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during one of the workplace raids the Phoenix area's controversial sheriff uses to enforce immigration laws. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies stopped Julian and Julio Mora's...

Utah Sued By Groups Over Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Two national organizations are suing Utah to halt a new immigration law they claim encourages racial profiling. The National Immigration Law Center says an enforcement measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March is just as unconstitutional as a similar Arizona law that courts have...

Federal Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Utah immigration law that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest, citing its similarities to the most controversial parts of an Arizona law that seems bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge...

State Immigration Laws May Never Be Constitutional

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Utah legislators passed an immigration law that they were confident wouldn't end up the same way Arizona's version did last year: tangled up in the courts. But 14 hours after Utah's law went into effect this week, it, too, was before a federal judge. As the case goes...

ACLU says Colorado Immigrant Settles Detention Case

DENVER - (AP) An immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally could receive $90,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a suburban Denver jail for 47 days, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. Luis Quezada, 37, agreed to a $40,000 settlement with the Jefferson...

Split U.S. High Court Upholds Arizona's Alien Employment Statute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An Arizona statute that imposes sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized aliens is not preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 26 ( Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Michael...

Supreme Court Sustains Arizona Employer Sanctions Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law Thursday that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. By a 5-3 vote, the court said that federal immigration law gives states the...

A Summary Of The Supreme Court's Ruling On The Legal Arizona Workers Act

Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting , 563 U.S. ___ (May 26, 2011): The Legal Arizona Workers Act, requiring all Arizona employers to use E-Verify and suspending or revoking the business licenses of employers who knowingly or intentionally hire unauthorized aliens, is valid under the Immigration...

U.S. Border Agent Named In Lawsuit Over Mexican Teen's Death

EL PASO, Texas - (AP) The family of a 15-year-old Mexican boy fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent is now naming the officer as part of its lawsuit against the federal government, a family lawyer said Friday. Bob Hilliard told the The Associated Press that the agent is Jesus Mesa Jr. . . . Full...

Conservatives Limit Consumer, Rights Class Action Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the two most far-reaching rulings of the term the justices are wrapping up on Monday. The two cases putting new limits on class-action lawsuits...

Groups Sue To Block Alabama Illegal Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) Civil rights groups sued Friday in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents have called the strictest measure of its kind in the nation. The lawsuit , filed in Huntsville, claims the new law will make criminals...

BP Oil Spill Litigation Law Firm Wesley J. Farrell Becomes Farrell & Patel

MIAMI - The Law Firm of Wesley J. Farrell has announced that Ricky K. Patel has been named partner, and the firm will now be known as Farrell & Patel Attorneys at Law. The firm currently represents 600 hotels and other Gulf Coast businesses negatively impacted by the BP oil spill of 2010 and concentrates...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

Greenberg Traurig Attorney Holly R. Skolnick Elected Board President Of Florida Immigration Advocacy Center

MIAMI - Holly R. Skolnick , shareholder of international law firm Greenberg Traurig P.A. and founder of the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation , was recently elected board president of the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center (FIAC). Skolnick is a member of the firm's Litigation practice group...

Arizona Gov. Brewer Asks Supreme Court To Hear Immigration Law Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state's immigration enforcement law. The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court's decision that, among other things...

ACLU Sues Feds For Shackling Immigrant Detainees

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit i n San Francisco federal court seeking to stop a practice in which alleged illegal immigrants are shackled at the feet, waist and wrists while appearing in immigration court. The groups allege in the suit filed...

Judge Upholds Key Parts Of Alabama Immigration Law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - (AP) A federal judge refused Wednesday to block key parts of a closely watched Alabama law that is considered the strictest state effort to clamp down on illegal immigration, including a measure that requires immigration checks of public school students. U.S. District Judge Sharon...

Williams Mullen Alert: Are Civil RICO Class Actions Based on Alleged Immigration Offenses Dead?

By Mary E. Pivec and Reba Mendoza The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Walters v. McMahen [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] affirming the trial court's dismissal of a civil RICO class action at the pleading stage is encouraging news for employers in industries beset by...

9th Circuit Strikes Down Arizona’s Proposition 100, A Constitutional Amendment Denying Bail To Undocumented Immigrants

Arizona’s Proposition 100, which mandates that bail be denied for serious felony offenses as prescribed by the state legislature, if the person charged has entered or remained in the United States without documentation, was struck down on October 15, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals...

5th Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Obama Administration’s Immigration Reforms

On November 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, upheld a federal district court's preliminary injunction prohibiting implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA). Tex. v. United States...

What is torture?

Absence of visible daylight? Unsafe water? No watch or clock? No books, no television, no radio? In Arguelles v. United States AG, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21034, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision to remove Freddy Arguelles to Venezuela, where he was immediately arrested...

Arizona’s Classification of Noncitizens in Denying Drivers’ Licenses Federally Preempted

Affirming the district court's summary judgment and permanent injunction order, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on February 2, 2017, that the federal government’s exclusive authority to classify noncitizens under the Immigration and Nationality Act preempted an...

4th Circuit’s Opinion on International Refugee Assistance Project v. Donald Trump

In a 10-3 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that President Trump’s revised Executive Order, which suspended the entry into the United States of nationals from certain Designated Countries, was unconstitutional. The Court opinion addressed the President’s...