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Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Border Gun Shop Owners Sue Over New Requirement

PHOENIX - (AP) Gun store owners in states along the U.S.-Mexico border sued the acting director of the federal agency that oversees firearms to halt a new requirement that they alert authorities if someone buys multiple high-powered rifles in a five-day span. The requirement, which goes into effect....

Arizona Case Will Have Ripple Effect in Texas

" A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law could have ramifications for Farmers Branch’s rehearing request on the city’s ordinance that bans [unauthorized] immigrants from rental properties. The Arizona and Farmers Branch cases have key parallels...

Immigration Detention By the Numbers

Fact sheets for Texas , Arizona , California and Louisiana , by Human Rights First.

South Texas Overtaking Arizona as Place Where More Border Crossers Die

"The new scrutiny of South Texas by a civil-rights group focused on identifying bodies underscores a geographical shift: Texas is overtaking Arizona in migrant deaths. An accurate count is hard to gather because state, federal and local agencies keep separate records, with some remains being counted...

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel $290 million to a private jail company to operate...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Preemption of AZ DL Policy Provides Another Basis for Supreme Court to Approve DAPA, Expanded DACA

Cyrus D. Mehta, Apr. 11, 2016 - " Arizona Dream Act Coalition ... provides another basis for the Supreme Court in Texas v. USA to uphold the expanded deferred action programs as part of President Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive actions, especially the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability...

Legal Experts Take Issue With Comparisons Between Texas, Arizona Immigration Laws

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, May 14, 2017 - "When Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, he said the “key policies” in the bill have “already been tested at the United States Supreme Court, and approved there.” Abbott...

Texas Leads Resurgence in Restrictive State Actions on Immigration Enforcement

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Sela Cowger, MPI, May 25, 2017 - "Texas has enacted a new hardline law to crack down on illegal immigration, signaling the re-emergence of restrictionist activism at the state level that stalled in 2012 amid adverse rulings by federal courts. The Texas law, which...