U.S. Supreme Court
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The May 26 oral arguments for the Arizona SB 1070 case before the U.S. Supreme Court were notable for the use of the correct immigration law terminology for aliens unlawfully present in the United States.
Justice Alito and Roberts both used the term "illegal alien" once. Justice Sotomayor used the same "illegal alien" term eight times in questioning Solicitor General Verrilli. Justice Scalia used the term "illegal immigrant" once.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute filed a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court urging the court to review a Fifth Circuit decision invalidating a Farmers Branch, Texas ordinance that requires adult renters to obtain a rental license. The Ordinance requires the city to verify the immigration status of all non-citizens issued rental licenses, and the city housing inspector must order landlords to terminate rental agreements with non-citizens who the federal government confirms are not lawfully present the United States.
The City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania has filed a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court asking the Court to review the Third Circuit's decision which again found its employment and harboring provisions preempted. IRLI is counsel for the City in the case. The Third Circuit reviewed the case for a second time after the Supreme Court vacated the previous opinion and instructed the Third Circuit to reconsider the case in light of Chamber of Commerce v Whiting.