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Attorneys representing two Frederick County Maryland sheriff's deputies in an important legal battle, upholding the right of local police to detain aliens without official immigration papers and apprehend aliens wanted by ICE for immigration law violations, have filed a brief explaining for the third time why federal District Judge Benson Legg should reaffirm his March 2012 order dismissing all charges against the Sheriff's Office and its dedicated officers. Access the complete brief below.
On March 16, 2012, IRLI attorney Garrett Roe filed a friend of the court brief with the Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta, supporting Alabama’s Commissioner of Revenue Julie Magee in a lawsuit filed by attorneys representing MALDEF and the SPLC. The case is Alabama Fair Housing Center v. Magee. That case was originally filed in the Middle District of Alabama, and challenges the Commissioner’s practice of requiring proof of lawful presence to obtain a registration decal for motor homes in the State under HB 56, Section 30. Section 30 prohibits Alabama from entering into business transactions with the State. Access the full brief below.
Kansas’ secretary of state is redefining immigration laws not only in his state, but in Arizona and elsewhere. Not many politicians still mount deer heads on the walls of their offices, but Kris Kobach isn't afraid of going after big game. Despite the relative modesty of his position- Kobach was elected Kansas secretary of state back in 2010 - he is smack at the center of two of the most controversial issues states are facing today. Read the full story by Alan Greenblatt.
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.