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IRLI Files Amicus Brief in Utah Describing Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion by Feds in HB 497 Preemption Case
IRLI has filed an amicus brief (attached below) with the federal district court in Salt Lake City. The IRLI brief highlights a critical point of law that none of the Attorneys General in any of the states being sued by the Obama administration has yet addressed: The claim by both DHS and the La Raza plaintiffs that agency “priorities” preempt state cooperative enforcement laws like HB 497. IRLI investigated the source of this alleged “priority” power grab and has concluded that it is illegitimate, as it is almost entirely based on internal DHS memoranda, in particular the controversial “Morton memoranda” by current ICE Director John Morton.
Utah's enforcement-only immigration law has drawn the attention of several foreign countries that have filed friend-of-the-court briefs opposing the measure-all warmly welcomed by groups suing the state in an attempt to block its implementation. But on Thursday, Utah Attorney General Shurtleff got a friend of the court brief he'd rather have not seen. Read the full story by David Montero.
The Supreme Court's decision to hear the legal challenge to Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law S.B. 1070 is taking center stage in the immigration debate, as supporteers and opponents of the measure call on the court to rule in their favor. Read the full story here.
The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in the case of Arizona v. United States, the Obama Administration’s challenge to Arizona’s landmark cooperative immigration enforcement law, known nationally as SB 1070. The high court’s December 12, 2011 decision to accept review is another favorable development in IRLI’s campaign to defend the constitutional authority of states to cooperatively enforce federal immigration laws.