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On September 12, 2011, IRLI, partnering with the American Center for Law and Justice, filed a brief on behalf of four United States Senators and 55 United States Congressmen urging the United States Supreme Court to hear the case of United States v. Arizona. Click on the attachment below to read the brief.
IRLI previously joined with ACLJ in filing briefs on behalf of members of Congress supporting Arizona in both the Ninth Circuit and in the Arizona District Court.
In one respect, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion so narrow it squeaked when it upheld an Arizona state law that can harshly punish employers who hire illegal immigrants. But in another aspect, the decision hinged on a single concept - the idea of license, which opened a gateway for other state and local governments to plunge into immigration regulation. Read the full story by John Gibeaut.
The legislative war on undocumented immigrants is likely to move soon from deeply conservative South and Southwest to traditional swing states, said the attorney who helped write the restrictive Arizona and Alabama immigration laws. Read the full story by Reid J. Epstein.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a challenge to a California law that provides in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrant students who have attended high school in the state for three years. The 2001 state law was challenged on behalf of a class of U.S. students paying out-of-state tuition rates at California colleges and universities. Read the full story by Mark Walsh.