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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.
On September 28, US District Judge Sharon Blackburn issued Orders denying three requests by the Obama Administration, a coalition of illegal alien and cheap labor interests led by the ACLU and SPLC, and several bishops, to block implementation of the Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2011 ("HB 56.") Click on the attachments below to read the Order and Memorandum Opinion for the three related cases, plus the IRLI amicus brief:
Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation law on illegal immigration went into effect Thursday, a day after a federal judge upheld some of its key provisions, but the court battle over the issue appears far from over. Read the full story by Scott Neuman.