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9-11 Families for a Secure America v. Echalar

IRLI represented David King, a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon, and Debra Burlingame, and the 9-11 Families for a Secure America, Inc. (relatives of victims of the 9-11 attacks) in a lawsuit brought by thirteen aliens and one unincorporated association, represented by CASA de Maryland and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, against officials of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), claiming their constitutional rights had been violated when MDOT and MVA officials declined pursuant to state law to accept foreign documents as evidence of eligibility to obtain state driver’s licenses.

 

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Abriq v. Hall

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit brought by an alien challenging his detention by Davidson County, Tennessee Sheriff Daron Hall pursuant to a hold request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Alabama v. United States

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court in a federal lawsuit brought by the Obama Administration against the State of Alabama to challenge several provisions of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act.

 

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Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer

IRLI filed multiple briefs in support of the State of Arizona who was sued by an illegal alien pressure group to force the state into granting eligibility for driver’s licenses to millions of illegal aliens falling under the Obama Administration’s lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

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Bolmer v. Connolly Properties, Inc.

In the first litigation of its kind, in 2008 IRLI sued slumlords under the federal racketeering (RICO) statute, alleging that the landlords’ conduct constituted a pattern of violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324, the “alien smuggling” statute, which makes harboring, sheltering or encouraging an illegal alien a felony.

 

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Buquer v. City of Indianapolis

IRLI represented several Indiana State Senators who sought to intervene as defendants in a challenge brought against an Indiana statute drafted with IRLI assistance that authorized state and local police to arrest an illegal immigrant when the officer has a removal order, a detainer issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or has probable cause that the illegal immigrant has been indicted or convicted of an aggravated felony.

 

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Burien Communities for Inclusion v. Respect Washington

IRLI represents a citizens’ group, Respect Washington (RW), seeking to thwart the obstruction of a ballot initiative to reverse Burien’s dangerous sanctuary policies.

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Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Edmondson

IRLI represented several Oklahoma state legislators in defending House Bill (HB) 1804, the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizenship Protection Act of 2007, a landmark bill that sought to alleviate the “economic hardship” in the state caused by “illegal immigration.” HB 1804, Sec. 2. HB 1804 also required state agencies to comply with federal law by verifying the eligibility of aliens seeking benefits and sought to stop the “harbor[ing] and shelter[ing]” of aliens through granting identification cards to them. Id.

 

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Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Whiting

IRLI, in support of Arizona’s business licensing law that imposes sanctions on employers who hire illegal aliens, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court requesting the court affirm the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding the law, which it did.

 

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City and County of San Francisco v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief challenging an attempt by San Francisco and Santa Clara County, a Bay Area county containing most of California's Silicon Valley, to induce a federal judge to ban arrests for immigration law violations throughout the United States.

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City of Chicago v. Sessions

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the federal government’s appeal of a court injunction against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who seeks to withhold certain federal funds from sanctuary cities as a means to influence them to stop interfering with federal immigration law enforcement.

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City of El Cenizo v. State of Texas

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Texas Senate Bill 4, which Attorney General Ken Paxton is defending against claims by municipalities that it unconstitutionally coerces so-called "sanctuary cities" to assist in identifying and detaining unlawfully present aliens at the request of ICE and the Border Patrol.

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City of Fremont v. Kotas

IRLI successfully represented three citizens of Fremont, Nebraska, who were chief petitioners and sponsors of a city initiative petition making it unlawful for any person or business to knowingly or recklessly lease or rent property to an illegal alien.

 

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City of Los Angeles v. Sessions

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in which Los Angeles is suing to protect its extreme sanctuary policies.

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City of Philadelphia v. Sessions

IRLI filed an important friend-of-the-court brief in Philadelphia v. Sessions, the first federal appeals court case to test a new open-borders legal theory that has been rearing its head in selected federal district courts across the country. The theory is that a key law passed by Congress requiring state and local governments not to interfere in federal immigration enforcement is unconstitutional – a violation of the Tenth Amendment, which says that states retain those powers not given to the federal government in the Constitution.

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City of Seattle v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of City of Seattle v. Donald J. Trump in support of President Trump's January 25, 2017 Executive Order (EO) cracking down on sanctuary cities.

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County of Maricopa v. Lopez-Valenzuela

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the state of Arizona’s petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court that requested the court review the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s striking down of a 2006 Arizona constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters that denied bail to individuals who are charged with one of the four most serious categories of felonies, and for whom there is both probable cause that the person is illegally present in the U.S. and evident proof of guilt of the felony charged.

 

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Crane v. Napolitano

IRLI submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the State of Mississippi and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a federal lawsuit brought to challenge President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive action that prevents ICE agents from obeying requirements under federal law that immigration officers arrest and detain illegal aliens.

 

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Creedle v. Gimenez

IRLI filed a friend-of-the court brief in Miami federal district court defending the March 2017, decision by Miami police to detain a suspected alien they had arrested for assault on a pregnant woman.

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Day v. Bond

IRLI, representing a group of U.S. non-resident students and their parents who were assessed non-resident tuition by the Kansas higher education system, challenged a new Kansas law that gave in-state tuition to illegal aliens based on graduation from a Kansas secondary school.

 

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De Vries v. Regents of the University of California

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a California taxpayer who filed an action against the state governing board of the University of California system for providing tuition, financial aid, and student loan benefits to unlawfully present aliens attending that university.

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Doe v. City of Vista

IRLI represented a citizen of the City of Vista, California as an intervenor in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California seeking to stop the citizen from obtaining information under the California Public Records Act about employers who hire day laborers, many of whom are illegal aliens, under a new city ordinance requiring employer registration.

 

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East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a federal lawsuit brought by open-borders activist groups challenging President Trump’s chosen method for dealing with “caravans” of would-be illegal aliens from Central America arriving at our southern border.

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Estrada v. Becker

IRLI filed an important friend-of-the-court brief in the Eleventh Circuit defending the right of the University of Georgia system to deny admission to illegal aliens whose deportation has been deferred under the former Obama Administration's controversial DACA program.

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Estrada v. Rhode Island

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the -court brief on behalf of the National Fraternal Order of Police (“the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, representing more than 325,000 members”) in a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of several illegal aliens detained during a traffic stop who were subsequently turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

 

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Evenwel v. Abbott

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger who challenged Texas’s practice of apportioning electoral districts based on total population, including non-citizens and illegal aliens, instead of eligible voters.

 

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al.

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning illegal alien crime rates. The records being sought span three separate DOJ components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, each of which has unlawfully stonewalled FAIR’s requests.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. Prince George’s County

IRLI sued Prince George’s County, Maryland for refusing to comply with its client’s, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, open records law request for documents related to CASA de Maryland, Inc. and the county’s expenditure of funds on day labor programs and illegal aliens.

 

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. Schaaf

IRLI sued Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf and members of her senior staff, seeking communications records related to her statement alerting illegal aliens in her community about a pending immigration enforcement raid earlier this year. The suit was filed on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform in the Superior Court of California, Alameda County. Schaaf’s office has failed to produce these records pursuant to a California Public Records Act request.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. Social Security Administration

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed suit against the Social Security Administration, seeking records related to its Obama-era decision to halt sending "no-match" letters to employers. The long-held practice of sending the letters had been used to prevent fraud through the use of stolen Social Security number data by illegal aliens and other criminals.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), seeking information on employees and employers using the H-1B visa program. IRLI attorneys filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as USCIS has failed to produce the requested records pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding refugees arriving in the United States from Syria.

 

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding, among other things, the president’s 2014 executive amnesties, extended DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability).

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding teaching materials used by instructors in cultural orientation classes for refugees arriving to the United States.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), seeking information on H-2A and H-2B visa holders entering the United States since 2013. IRLI attorneys filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as USCBP has failed to produce the requested records pursuant to a FOIA request.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S.D.A. Forest Service

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the USDA Forest Service related to data on the effect of illegal immigration on federal lands managed by the Service.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Defense

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Defense (DOD) regarding the agency's partnership with the highly controversial and inflammatory "hate-watch" organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, sued the Department of Health and Human Services, seeking records related to agency communications and data on the arrivals of alien children entering the United States.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the​ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the Obama Administration’s unlawful and politicized refugee programs.
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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Homeland Security that will shed light on the formation of President Obama's unlawful executive amnesties.
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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Justice

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Justice regarding the president’s 2014 executive amnesties, extended DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability).

 

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of Justice

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Justice regarding the communications of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates related to her handling of the Trump administration’s executive order to restrict travel from select terror-risk nations.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of State

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the U.S. Department of State about the Obama Administration’s unlawful and politicized refugee programs.

 

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Department of State

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the U.S. Department of State about, among other things, immigration benefit, passport and visa fraud and possible collusion between U.S. government officials, foreign countries, immigration lawyers and open-borders activists.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning, among other things, certain DHS directives sent to ICE attorneys ordering them to no longer vigorously pursue cases in removal proceedings and to commit to a greater exercise of “prosecutorial discretion.”

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) related to the number of detainers issued by federal immigration officers that have not been honored by local law enforcement.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) related to procedures for worksite enforcement activities conducted during the Obama administration. 

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Fitisemanu v. United States

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on birthright citizenship before the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Plaintiffs, American Samoans who reside in Utah, claim that their birth in American Samoa made them U.S. citizens under the Constitution.

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Fitzpatrick v. Sessions

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's decision to expel from the United States a non-citizen who falsely stated that she was a U.S. citizen on a voter registration form and illegally voted in two federal elections.

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Flores-Villar v. United States

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. Government’s position stating that Congress had exclusive power to formulate rules pertaining to citizenship in a lawsuit brought by a Mexican national challenging federal law that denied him U.S. citizenship.

 

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Friendly House v. Napolitano

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, intervened as a defendant in a federal lawsuit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund against the Arizona governor, attorney general, and secretary of state challenging as unconstitutional Proposition 200, the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act,” a ballot initiative passed by Arizona citizens to protect the state from voter fraud by requiring proof of citizenship to vote as well as requiring identification for the receipt of non-federal public benefits.

 

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Global Neighborhood v. Respect Washington

IRLI and its co-counsel Richard M. Stephens of Stephens & Klinge LLP, represent Respect Washington, a grassroots anti-illegal immigration organization, in a lawsuit brought by open borders groups in Washington State to prevent Respect Washington's anti-sanctuary initiative from being placed on the City of Spokane's general election ballot.

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Gold v. Mayor, City of New Haven

IRLI represented several citizens of the City of New Haven, Connecticut in an action under the state’s Freedom of Information Act to obtain records concerning the issuance of ID cards to illegal aliens by the City of New Haven Office of New Residents.

 

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Gonzales v. Arizona

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the State of Arizona in a lawsuit challenging the state’s law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote on federal forms and proof of identification at the polls.

 

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Gray v. City of Valley Park, Missouri

IRLI successfully represented the City of Valley Park, Missouri in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund challenging an ordinance (drafted with IRLI’s assistance) requiring businesses to use a federal worker verification program known as E-Verify in order to maintain a business license.

 

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Help Save Maryland, et al. v. Prince George’s County

IRLI filed suit against Prince George’s County in September 2009 on behalf of Help Save Maryland and Brad Botwin because of the County’s failure to comply with the Maryland Public Information Act.

 

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In the Matter of A-B-

IRLI answered the call of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on whether victims of private criminal activity should be considered a “particular social group” for asylum law purposes. To qualify for asylum in the U.S., an alien must meet the definition of “refugee” by proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. U.S. refugee law does not protect people from general conditions of strife, such as crime and other societal afflictions.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation 15-08-26

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address whether the BIA could decline to follow the Third Circuit’s approach for determining if a conviction for marihuana possession under Pennsylvania state law was an aggravated felony. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, immigrants who commit aggravated felonies are subject to removal from the United States. The BIA also asked for advice on the related question of whether the Supreme Court’s use of the categorical approach for determining aggravated felonies had overruled the Third Circuit’s prior approach.

 

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 15-09-28

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address whether the BIA could continue to use the “ordinary case” method to analyze aggravated felonies that fall within 8 U.S.C. § 16 in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision that found similar language in 8 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(ii) unconstitutionally void for vagueness.

 

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 15-11-10

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address the breadth of the definition of an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

 

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-01-11

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address whether the BIA should approve asylum applications based merely on claims of persecution or a fear of persecution as a result of family ties.

 

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-03-17

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals defending the key requirement that every alien must be “admitted” to the United States in order to become eligible for the benefits and privileges that ours laws offer to aliens who respect our laws.

 

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-06-09

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals to address three questions: (1) whether for immigration law purposes a “minor” should be defined as an individual under the age of 18 or 21; (2) whether being under the age of 21 creates exceptional circumstances to allow for a delay in filing an asylum application; and (3) what is a reasonable delay in filing an asylum application due to exceptional circumstances.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-06-21

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals to answer several complex questions posed by the Board in a case regarding an alien who suffers from a mental health condition.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-08-08

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s March 3, 2009 ruling in Negusie v. Holder, where an Ethiopian forced to serve as a guard at a camp in Eritrea for political prisoners had been denied asylum under the “persecutor bar” in U.S. immigration law. The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the BIA and ordered the agency to determine whether the persecutor bar contained an implicit duress exception.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 16-09-19

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether an inadmissible alien who was riding in a car that was “waved through” at the border is considered “admitted into any status” for purposes of the cancellation of removal provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). To be eligible for cancellation of removal under this particular provision, an alien must prove that he or she has (1) resided in the United States continuously for 7 years; (2) after having been admitted; (3) in any status.”

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-05

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether the crime of misprision of a felony constituted a crime involving moral turpitude.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-09

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether the term “material” has an independent meaning in the phrase "material support" and whether a de minimis exception to the material support bar exists for money contributions.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-12

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether an alien who committed marriage fraud in a prior visa petition can have a subsequent visa petition denied on marriage fraud grounds or whether an independent investigation must be conducted to determine if marriage fraud occurred.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-26

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether an alien convicted under an Arizona statute that prohibits attempting to transport a narcotic drug for sale is removable from the United States.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No. 17-02-02

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether a conviction for sponsoring or exhibiting an animal fighting venture constituted a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT).  In addition, the BIA asked FAIR to discuss whether a CIMT requires a “protected class of victim” determination and if animals can be a “protected class of victim.”

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No.  17-06-12

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether the crime of robbery by sudden snatching is a "crime involving moral turpitude" (CIMT). An alien convicted of a CIMT is removable from the United States under law.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No.  18-02-14

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing on whether an alien can be removed for committing an aggravated felony when the state statute the alien violated includes more than one kind of aggravated felony.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation No.  18-02-27

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals in response to the BIA’s request for briefing in which an alien who is a convicted drug offender is trying to stay in the country on a technicality. The decision he is asking the BIA to make would enable many other criminal aliens like himself to escape removal from the United States.

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In the Matter of Amicus Invitation 18-6-27

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted an important friend-of-the-court brief to advise the Board of Immigration Appeals—the nation’s review board for federal immigration cases—that immigration judges can continue to deport aliens charged with state controlled substance offenses who do not obtain a full dismissal as “not guilty.”

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In the Matter of C-T-L

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address the burden of proof required for aliens who have filed a Withholding of Removal (WOR) petition and primarily whether the “one central reason” standard had any effect on the burden of proof required for WOR.

 

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In the Matter of Cristoval Silva-Trevino

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address (1) How adjudicators are to determine whether a particular criminal offense is a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) under the Act; (2) When, and to what extent, adjudicators may use a modified categorical approach and consider a record of conviction in determining whether an alien has been “convicted of … a crime involving moral turpitude” in applying section 212(a)(2) of the Act and similar provisions; and (3) Whether an alien who seeks a favorable exercise of discretion under the Act after having engaged in criminal acts constituting the sexual abuse of a minor should be required to make a heightened evidentiary showing of hardship or other factors that would warrant a favorable exercise of discretion.

 

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In the Matter of Daniel Girmai Negusie

IRLI filed a brief with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who is considering whether to overrule a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals granting asylum to aliens who participated in the persecution of others in their home countries. IRLI urges Whitaker to keep in place the bar on granting asylum or similar relief to persecutors – the so-called “persecution bar” – and to reject the Board’s exception for those who only persecuted others under duress.

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In the Matter of E-S-I

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address who must be served with a Notice to Appear (NTA) where the alien charged is mentally incompetent, in three circumstances: When the alien is (1) confined in an institution, (2) confined in an institution not operated by or affiliated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and (3) not confined in an institution. The BIA then asked (4) what information should the DHS consider when making a determination about whether or not a person is mentally incompetent for purposes of serving the NTA, and (5) what is the appropriate action for the Immigration Judge (IJ) to take if the DHS does not properly serve a mentally incompetent person.

 

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In the Matter of G M-L

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address whether an Immigration Judge has jurisdiction to hold a custody redetermination hearing pursuant to the Order and Permanent Injunction in Rodriguez v. Holder, No. 2:07-CV-03239, 2013 WL 5229795 (C.D. Cal. Aug 6, 2013), appeal docketed, No. 13-56706 (9th Cir. Oct. 1, 2013) for a respondent incarcerated outside the central district of California for reinstatement under 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(5).

 

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In the Matter of I-S-

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address whether, pursuant to a grant of withholding of removal (WOR) to Respondents under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §241(b)(3), the Immigration Judge was obligated to enter an order of removal and to designate alternative countries, using the procedure in INA §241(b)(2), where the threat to Respondent’s life or freedom which formed the basis of the decision to grant WOR, is not present.

 

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In the Matter of J C-C

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address whether certain California controlled substances laws qualify as aggravated felonies under the U.S. Supreme Court’s modified categorical approach to comparing state and federal criminal laws for sentence enhancement and immigration removal purposes.

 

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In the Matter of J.D.J.M.-C (R.D.L.F., C.G., E.N.-C, J.C.-P, J.M.-P)

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address a United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling (Rodriguez v. Robbins, 715 F.3d 1127 (9th Cir. 2013)), requiring custody determinations for a class of aliens detained longer than six months.

 

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In the Matter of J.D.-R.

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to address whether single possession drug offenses should be looked at on a circumstance specific manner or whether the BIA should determine the offense using a categorical approach.

 

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In the Matter of J-S

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address the proper allocation of the burden of proof on issues regarding mental competency in immigration proceedings, and in particular whether an approach adopted by the Ninth Circuit to mental incompetency in habeas corpus proceedings in the case of In Mason ex. rel. Marson v. Vasquez, 5 F.3d 1220 (9th Cir. 1993), provided the Board with guidance as to the burden of proof question in immigration proceedings.

 

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In the Matter of K-C-

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address whether U.S. asylum and refugee law does extends to most claims of persecution based on acts of domestic violence committed by private persons in an overseas household.

 

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In the Matter of L-A-B-R- et al.

IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the out-of-control growth in backlogged proceedings to remove aliens from the United States.

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In the Matter of L-T-

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address: (1) What circumstances, if any, trigger the need for an Immigration Judge to make a competency assessment; (2) Whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the appropriate authority to conduct a competency examination; (3) Who has the authority to appoint a legal representative, guardian or custodian; (4) Whether termination of proceedings is an appropriate safeguard for an aggravated felon alien; and (5) Whether circumstances are changed if the incompetent alien claims United States citizenship (represented and unrepresented).

 

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In the Matter of M-G-G-

At the invitation of the Attorney General, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Administration’s continuing efforts to deter illegal and dangerous border crossings. 

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In the Matter of M.N. M-G.

IRLI, on behalf of its client the Federation for American Immigration Reform, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the Board of Immigration Appeals to address: (1) What impact does the Vartelas v. Holder decision have on the 5th Circuit decisions in Carranza-De Salina v. Gonzales, 477 F.3d 200 (5th Cir. 2007), and Hernandez-Castillo v. Moore, 436 F.3d 516 (5th cir. 2006), which require an alien convicted at trial prior to April 24, 1996, to demonstrate actual and substantial reliance to pursue a waiver under former section 212(c) of the Act; (2) Assuming that after Vartelas reliance is not a prerequisite to establishing eligibility for a waiver under former section 212(c) of the Act where an alien’s qualifying conviction occurred after a trial, (a) what role does reliance play in assessing an alien’s ability to apply for a 212(c) waiver and (b) what factors should be considered in making a determination regarding prima facie eligibility; and What impact does the Vartelas decision have on the regulatory restrictions for 212(c) relief set forth at 8 C.F.R. § 1212.3, particularly with respect to aliens convicted at trial (see, e.g., 8 C.F.R. § 1212.3(h)).

 

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In the Matter of Reynaldo CASTRO-TUM

At the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Federation for American Immigration Reform filed an important legal brief denouncing yet another unlawful de facto amnesty program operated by the Obama Administration: so-called “administrative closure.” The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) prepared the brief on FAIR’s behalf.

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In the Matter of Standing

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief at the request of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) addressing whether the beneficiaries of certain immigrant visa petitions have standing to participate in the administrative adjudication process, including standing to appeal to the AAO (and if so, when, and under what circumstances).

 

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International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s March 6th Executive Order temporarily freezing the issuance of visas to certain previously designated terror-risk nations.

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Keller v. City Council of the City of Burien, Washington

IRLI successfully represented Respect Washington in forcing the City of Burien to place Respect Washington's proposition to repeal the City's dangerous sanctuary ordinance on the next general election ballot.

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Keller v. City of Fremont

IRLI successfully represented the City of Fremont, Nebraska in defending against two federal lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of illegal aliens (among other special interest groups and individuals) that challenged an ordinance passed by voters that prohibited the employment and harboring of illegal aliens in the city.

 

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Kendoll v. Rosenblum

IRLI represented Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) before the Oregon Supreme Court in a challenge to a ballot title certified by the state attorney general that obfuscates the true purpose and effect of an initiative introduced by OFIR that would require all businesses in Oregon with five or more employees to verify authorization for every new employee to work in the United States using the federal government’s E-Verify program.

 

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Kiyemba v. Obama

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting the United States Government in a lawsuit brought by seventeen Chinese citizens captured in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba as enemy combatants who sought an order compelling their release into the United States.

 

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Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting the states of Kansas and Arizona’s petition for writ of certiorari endeavoring to enforce their state registration laws that require proof of citizenship to register to vote.

 

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La Raza v. Herbert

IRLI submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit brought by the open-borders special interest group Utah Coalition of La Raza (“the race”) and others challenging as unconstitutional Utah’s House Bill 497 which authorized state and local police to verify a person’s identity and immigration status during a lawful stop. La Raza argued that the law was preempted by prosecutorial discretion memoranda issued by officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that prioritize removals from the United States.

 

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La Union del Pueblo Entero, et al. v. Dep’t of Commerce

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in support of the Department of Commerce, which oversees the U.S. census. A coalition of open-borders groups is suing to block the Department from implementing its plan to ask census responders whether they are U.S. citizens.

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Langfeld v. City of San Francisco

IRLI represented several City of San Francisco citizens in filing a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) petition asserting that the city did not conform to the CEQA’s requirement to assess a prospective project’s environmental impact when the city instituted the Municipal ID Card Project, a program that allowed any person claiming to be a resident of San Francisco, including illegal aliens, to receive an ID card.

 

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League of Women Voter of the United States v. Newby

IRLI represented Kris W. Kobach, in his official capacity as Secretary of State of Kansas, in a lawsuit brought by several special interest groups and two individuals seeking to reverse the decision of the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to grant Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia’s request to amend their state specific instructions that accompany the National Mail Voter Registration Form to include instructions regarding their respective state’s requirement in law that persons desiring to register to vote must provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

 

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Lopez-Aguilar v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit urging the Court to uphold the legality of local law enforcement’s compliance with immigration detainer requests by federal authorities.

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Lozano v. City of Hazleton

IRLI represented the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania in a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund on behalf of anonymous illegal aliens as well as landlords and businesses catering to unlawful aliens that challenged two Hazleton ordinances that prohibited business license holders from using unauthorized alien workers and landlords from knowingly renting properties to illegal aliens.

 

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M.S. v. Brown

IRLI, along with Jill Gibson of the Gibson Law Firm, LLC, represented Oregonians for Immigration Reform in a federal court lawsuit brought by five admitted illegal aliens and two special interest groups that challenged as unconstitutional the outcome of the November 2014 general election in Oregon, when, through the Oregon Constitution’s referendum veto process, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected (by more than 66% of voters) a bill passed by the legislature and signed by the governor that would have extended eligibility for driving privileges to illegal aliens.

 

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Magee v. Central Alabama Fair Housing Center

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of the state defendant in a lawsuit challenging Section 30 of Alabama House Bill 56, which prohibited unlawfully present aliens from entering into business transactions with the State of Alabama.

 

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Mannschreck v. Clare

IRLI represented taxpayers and property owners in Jefferson County, Nebraska in a lawsuit challenging Legislative Bill 239, a new state law that allowed illegal aliens residing in Nebraska the opportunity to receive in-state tuition rates for college.

 

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Marin v. Rodriguez

IRLI filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on the issue of whether the Constitution requires that criminal aliens who are in detention pending their removal hearings be given periodic bail hearings. Because these aliens have chosen their own detention, IRLI argues, they have no constitutional right to such hearings.

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Martinez v. City of Fremont

IRLI successfully represented the City of Fremont, Nebraska in defending against two federal lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of illegal aliens (among other special interest groups and individuals) that challenged an ordinance passed by voters that prohibited the employment and harboring of illegal aliens in the city.

 

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Martinez v. Regents of the University of California

IRLI brought this class action lawsuit on behalf of U.S. citizens from states other than California who must pay nonresident tuition rates at California colleges against state officials to challenge a California law that grants in-state tuition to illegal aliens and discriminates against U.S. citizens and nationals in violation of federal law.

 

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Mathis v. United States

IRLI filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court that advocates removing certain criminal aliens from the United States. The case, Mathis v. United States, No. 15-6092, was appealed to the High Court by a five-time convicted felon, Richard Mathis, who is seeking to avoid having those convictions count toward a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984 (ACCA).

 

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Mendez v. Bradshaw

IRLI, as counsel for the Florida Sheriffs’ Association, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in a civil rights lawsuit brought by an alien jail inmate and special interest groups against the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw, challenging his office’s adherence to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.

 

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Mocci v. Connelly Properties, Inc.

IRLI represented Maribel Mocci, a leasing agent, who sued her employer for retaliation when it took adverse employment actions against her when she refused to participate in an illegal scheme to harbor illegal aliens in substandard housing.

 

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Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance v. Bullock

IRLI assisted the state of Montana’s solicitor general in defending a lawsuit brought by special interest groups and an individual born outside the United States that challenged a law passed overwhelmingly (just shy of 80%) by public referendum in 2012 which restricted state public benefits to U.S. citizens and legal residents.

 

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National Venture Capital Association v. Duke

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the legality of a last-minute Obama administration regulation that would allow DHS to "parole" unlimited numbers of so-called international entrepreneurs into the United States and operate "start-up" businesses without ever obtaining visas.

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Nielsen v. Preap

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Trump administration in the U.S. Supreme Court in the administration’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling favoring criminal aliens and sanctuary cities. The ruling would allow criminal aliens to petition for their release if federal authorities had not assumed custody of them quickly enough.

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Nicholson v. City of Gary, Indiana

IRLI and the Bopp Law Firm filed suit against the City of Gary, Indiana, its Mayor and its Common Council members in Indiana’s Lake County Circuit Court to challenge the City’s sanctuary law sheltering illegal aliens, even those with criminal records.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. Sessions

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sued by the controversial open borders nonprofit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for threatening by letter to enforce an immigration court rule that imposes sanctions on nonprofit attorneys who have prepared legal documents for aliens but have failed to enter an official appearance as counsel and sign the documents.

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Powell v. Mayor, City of New Haven

IRLI represented several citizens of the City of New Haven, Connecticut in an action under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records concerning the issuance of ID cards to illegal aliens by the City of New Haven Office of New Residents.

 

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Ragbir v. Homan

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of the government’s removal of a criminal alien.

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Ringhofer v. Ridge

IRLI represented a citizen of King County, Washington in filing a lawsuit in King County Superior Court to compel the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the King County Superior Court to disclose juror disqualification information relating to those persons who claim not to be citizens in order to cross-check the list of disqualified persons against voter registration records to determine whether individuals unqualified to vote were nevertheless registered to do so.

 

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Santos v. Frederick County Board of Commissioners

IRLI represented two deputy sheriffs, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by an illegal alien when the deputies detained the alien after a standard warrant check in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center database showed a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant for her immediate deportation for absconding from an immigration detention center in South Texas.

 

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Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

IRLI, on behalf of a group of former technology workers at Southern California Edison who lost their jobs when they were replaced by foreign workers imported under the H-1B guest worker program in 2014–2015, filed a lawsuit in April 2015 that challenges a new Obama Administration regulation that—without legal basis—suddenly authorizes spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work.

 

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Serbon v. City of East Chicago, Indiana

On behalf of Indiana residents Greg Serbon and John Allen, attorneys from IRLI and The Bopp Law Firm filed suit against the city of East Chicago, Indiana, and city officials. The plaintiffs seek to put an end to the city’s so-called “welcoming city ordinance,” which bars local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

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Shortt v. Dick Clark’s AB Theatre, LLC

IRLI represented a citizen restaurant worker file a complaint against his former employer in the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer alleging employment discrimination under a federal law that prohibits retaliation against employees if they report an immigration violation.

 

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Sidibe v. Miracle Software, Inc.

IRLI represented Mr. Sibide, a Malian tech worker, whose employer had lawfully obtained an H-1B visa and required him to pay visa fees to cover the application process but failed to pay or employ Mr. Sibide at the company.

 

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State of New York v. Dep’t of Commerce

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in support of the Department of Commerce, which oversees the U.S. census. The State of New York and a long list of other states and cities are suing to block the Department from implementing its plan to ask census responders whether or not they are U.S. citizens. 

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Straus v. Rosenblum

IRLI successfully represented chief petitioners and sponsors of a ballot initiative in Oregon that defeated (by a landslide of more than 66% of voters) a law rushed through the legislature in 2013 that would have granted driver’s license cards to illegal aliens.

 

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Tavares v. [redacted]

IRLI successfully represented a United States citizen in filing a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices against his former employer for citizenship status discrimination and retaliation for asserting rights protected under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

 

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Texas v. United States

IRLI represented several organizations and unions in submitting friend-of-the-court briefs in several courts in a federal lawsuit brought by a large coalition of states, governors, and state attorneys general against the United States and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to block implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive actions that expanded the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, which sought to suspend our immigration laws as applied to 4 million plus illegal aliens, granting them work permits, social security numbers, and other benefits, all to the detriment of America’s working class and taxpayers, especially the most vulnerable Americans, including minorities, students, and seniors.

 

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Texas v. United States II

IRLI, representing Rep. Steve King (IA-4th Dist.) and five other members of Congress as friends of the court, filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas supporting Texas and other states in their lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Thatcher v. Rosenblum

IRLI filed a Petition to Review Ballot Title Certified by the Attorney General in the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of the chief petitioners and sponsors of a ballot initiative in Oregon that defeated (by more than 66% of voters) a law rushed through the legislature in 2013 that would have granted driver’s license cards to illegal aliens.

 

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The Programmers Guild, Inc. v. Chertoff

IRLI represented three professional organizations, the Programmers Guild, American Engineering Association, and Brightfuturejobs.com, as well as individual American STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) workers, in a federal lawsuit against U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff and DHS alleging that its new Optional Practical Training regulations extending employment authorization to former students from 12 months to 29 months violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

 

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The Regents of the University of California  v. DHS

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in California federal district court challenging the latest attempt by Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security Secretary and now President of the University of California, to revive the DACA amnesty after President Trump put a stake in its heart in September 2017.

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The State of Hawaii v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a federal lawsuit brought by the State of Hawaii to challenge as unlawful President Trump’s new Executive Order temporarily freezing the issuance of visas to certain previously designated terror-risk nations.

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Trustees of Princeton University v. United States

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in federal district court in Washington, DC, defending President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Princeton University, citing its financial investment in some students who are DACA beneficiaries, is suing the Trump administration for winding down the program the Obama administration started.

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United States v. Arizona

IRLI, in collaboration with the American Center for Law and Justice, filed amicus briefs supporting the State of Arizona in the district court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of numerous United States Representatives and Senators in a lawsuit brought by the Obama Administration to challenge Arizona’s landmark cooperative immigration enforcement law, known nationally as SB 1070.

 

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United States v. California

IRLI filed two friend-of-the-court briefs challenging California’s dangerous and unconstitutional sanctuary laws in support of the federal government’s lawsuit against these unlawful enactments. 

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United States v. Peralta

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the Trump Administration in a prosecution of a repeatedly-removed criminal alien who claimed his expedited removal violated his constitutional rights.

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United States v. Utah

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the State of Utah in a federal lawsuit brought by a coalition of special interest organizations, including members who are illegal aliens, and the Obama Administration that sought to nullify an act that authorized Utah law enforcement agencies to verify the immigration status of persons encountered in lawful stops, detentions, or arrests, mandated state-wide uniformity in police agency enforcement of federal immigration control laws, and authorized certain arrests pursuant to these status verification and uniform enforcement standards.

 

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Valle del Sol v. Whiting

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting Arizona in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of several special interest groups and illegal aliens to challenge provisions in Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.

 

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Vasquez v. City of Farmers Branch

IRLI sought to intervene in a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund that challenged City of Farmers Branch Ordinance No. 2892 which required the city to verify the immigration status of all non-citizens issued rental licenses and terminate rental agreements with non-citizens who the federal government confirms are not lawfully present the United States.

 

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Vicente v. Barnett

IRLI represented Roger and Barbara Barnett, husband and wife Arizona cattle farmers whose ranch is located near the Mexican border, in a federal lawsuit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund on behalf of several illegal aliens who sued the Barnetts for turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol for trespassing on their land and illegally entering into the United States.

 

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Vidal v. Trump

IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Vidal v. Trump, a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in which plaintiffs, beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, are suing to block the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA.

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Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch

IRLI represented the City of Farmers Branch in a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund that challenged Ordinance No. 2892 which required the city to verify the immigration status of all non-citizens issued rental licenses and terminate rental agreements with non-citizens who the federal government confirms are not lawfully present the United States.

 

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Washtech v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

IRLI brought this lawsuit on behalf of American tech workers who are forced to compete with nonimmigrant foreign laborers working unlawfully on student visas to bypass the American worker protections established in law.

 

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Washtech v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security II

IRLI brought this lawsuit on behalf of American tech workers who are forced to compete with nonimmigrant foreign laborers working unlawfully on student visas to bypass the American worker protections established in law.

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Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District v. Department of Homeland Security

IRLI filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring our nation’s preeminent environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), because DHS, like its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has never considered or analyzed the enormous impacts to the human environment caused by legal and illegal immigration, as required by NEPA.

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Yes on Proposition 200 v. Napolitano

IRLI represented citizens of Arizona and several groups in a state lawsuit to curb abuse of executive discretion when some of Arizona’s highest elected officials improperly sought to block full implementation of an initiative measure approved by over one million Arizona voters entitled the Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act which, among other things, required state and local agencies that administer state and local public benefits that are not federally mandated to verify the immigration status of applicants and report any discovered violations to immigration authorities.

 

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