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Federal court: Police immigration check on Maryland pedestrian with consular ID card was not unlawful profiling
Federal district Judge Benson Legg of Baltimore has dismissed “with prejudice” the immigration-related unlawful arrest and profiling case brought in 2009 against Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins and two deputy sheriffs by Roxanna Santos, an illegal alien represented by CASA de Maryland and Latino Justice/PRLDEF and assisted by several national corporate law firms.
The court order and memorandum issued on February 7, 2012 (download below) dismissed civil rights allegations for unlawful arrest, racial profiling based on Latina appearance, conspiracy to violate civil rights, and supervisory liability claims against the Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Frederick County Commissioners.
The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in the case of Arizona v. United States, the Obama Administration’s challenge to Arizona’s landmark cooperative immigration enforcement law, known nationally as SB 1070. The high court’s December 12, 2011 decision to accept review is another favorable development in IRLI’s campaign to defend the constitutional authority of states to cooperatively enforce federal immigration laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court will meet later this week to decide whether to hear Arizona's case with the Department of Justice over its stringent anti-immigration law. Gov. Jan Brewer petitioned the high court in August to take its case in an effort to get an early injunction blocking the law's more onerous provisions overturned. Several years ago, states never attempted to pass such tough immigration laws.
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.