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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.
A year-old decision by the Labor Department to discontinue certain citizenship checks on employees of federal contractors is drawing fire from immigration reform groups, who view it as government "shirking" its responsibility to curb hiring of illegal workers. At issue is whether the Labor office that monitors contractor compliance with antidiscrimination laws can leave it to the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau to verify worker's immigration status. Read the full story by Charles S. Clark.
At the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals, IRLI has filed an important brief arguing that U.S. asylum and refugee law does not extend to most claims of persecution based on acts of domestic violence committed by private persons in an overseas household.
IRLI filed the amicus brief on October 18, 2011 on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. FAIR is a longtime critic of federal government failure to protect the asylum system against abusive or fraudulent claims by aliens who seek to bypass the lengthy application procedures required for persons who seek to immigrate to the United States for economic or personal advantage.