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On Thursday, June 2, 2011, the Alabama Legislature passed what may be the most advanced omnibus state immigration enforcement legislation in U.S. history. House Bill 56, the “Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” of 2011, provides an important and innovative array of state level solutions to the problems created by uncontrolled and unlawful immigration in areas as diverse as employment, voting, education, contracts, and law enforcement.
Attorneys representing two Frederick County Maryland sheriff's deputies in an important legal battle, upholding the right of local police to detain aliens without official immigration papers and apprehend aliens wanted by ICE for immigration law violations, have filed a brief explaining for the third time why federal District Judge Benson Legg should reaffirm his March 2012 order dismissing all charges against the Sheriff's Office and its dedicated officers. Access the complete brief below.
The federal District Court of Nebraska in Omaha has issued an important opinion in the consolidated cases of Keller v. City of Fremont and Martinez v. City of Fremont. The Court upheld most of Fremont’s pioneering citizen enforcement law, enacted by popular referendum in 2010, against twin lawsuits engineered by the ACLU and MALDEF. Read the full decision below.
On February 13, 2012, two amicus briefs, one by IRLI and another by IRLI-affiliated outside attorney Kris Kobach, were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the U.S. v. Arizona (SB 1070) litigation. The combined briefs present nineteen essential legal points which explain how the three challenged provisions of SB1070 are in full harmony with the federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. The briefs also explain the provisions of the U.S. Constitution which delineate the complementary roles of Congress, the executive branch, and the states in the enforcement of American immigration and nationality law.