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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.
Lozano v. City Of Hazleton Update: IRLI Brief Explaining the Impact of Chamber Of Commerce v. Whiting Filed in Third Circuit
On September 27, 2011 the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania filed its brief explaining how the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting has invalidated the Third Circuit’s prior holding in Lozano v. City of Hazleton. In May 2011, the Supreme Court vacated the Third Circuit’s holding and ordered the appeals court to reconsider its decision in light of Whiting. Click on the attachment below to read the letter brief.