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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.
The champions of Alabama’s far-reaching immigration law have said that it is intended to drive illegal immigrants from the state by making every aspect of their life difficult. But they have taken a very different tone when it comes to the part of the law concerning schools. Read the full story by Campbell Robertson.
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.
On October 4, oral argument in the important case of Villas at Parkside II et al v. City of Farmers Branch was held by a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans. Representing the City, IRLI Senior Counsel Kris Kobach guided the Court through the importance advances in the law of state and local immigration enforcement made possible by the recent decision of the US Supreme Court in its May 2011 decision, Chamber of Commerce v Whiting. Listen to the complete oral argument recording here.