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The City of Fremont, Nebraska can enforce employment provisions of an immigration ordinance approved by its residents in 2010, but a federal judge said on Monday that the city cannot prevent those without legal immigration status from living there. A 37-page decision by U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp is the latest development in an immigration dispute that began with proposed employment and housing sanctions in 2008. Read the full story by Art Hovey Lee.
A public interest group that pushes for immigration controls has asked Maryland to investigate the tax-exempt status of CASA de Maryland, a high-profile immigrant rights group that the Immigration Reform Law Institute says repeatedly engaged in political advocacy, breaking the law governing nonprofits. Read the full story by Stephen Dinan.
On February 13, 2012, two amicus briefs, one by IRLI and another by IRLI-affiliated outside attorney Kris Kobach, were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the U.S. v. Arizona (SB 1070) litigation. The combined briefs present nineteen essential legal points which explain how the three challenged provisions of SB1070 are in full harmony with the federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. The briefs also explain the provisions of the U.S. Constitution which delineate the complementary roles of Congress, the executive branch, and the states in the enforcement of American immigration and nationality law.
Federal court: Police immigration check on Maryland pedestrian with consular ID card was not unlawful profiling
Federal district Judge Benson Legg of Baltimore has dismissed “with prejudice” the immigration-related unlawful arrest and profiling case brought in 2009 against Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins and two deputy sheriffs by Roxanna Santos, an illegal alien represented by CASA de Maryland and Latino Justice/PRLDEF and assisted by several national corporate law firms.
The court order and memorandum issued on February 7, 2012 (download below) dismissed civil rights allegations for unlawful arrest, racial profiling based on Latina appearance, conspiracy to violate civil rights, and supervisory liability claims against the Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Frederick County Commissioners.