Protecting the American Worker

 

Protecting the jobs and wages of American workers is a clear objective of U.S. immigration law. One of the reasons Congress set limits on the number of immigrants and guest workers we admit to this country is to protect job opportunities and prevent the erosion of wages for American workers. Virtually every nation on earth limits immigration for this reason. While it may be in the short-term interest of some businesses to flood the labor market with foreign workers and unauthorized aliens — many of whom are forced to accept low wages and poor working conditions — doing so undermines core national interests.

Immigration has been outpacing job growth in the U.S. for decades and is a contributing factor to unemployment, wage erosion, and declining labor force participation. Lower skilled American workers and those without high school diplomas have seen the sharpest declines in income while higher skilled workers are increasingly undermined by mass immigration and guest worker programs. That's where IRLI comes in!

 

IRLI has been a national leader in defending the rights and interests of the American worker against the predatory effects of illegal immigration, unsustainable levels of legal immigration, and expansive guest worker programs.

 

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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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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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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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. 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. 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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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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Keller v. City of Fremont

IRLI successfully represented the City of Fremont, Nebraska in defending against a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund challenging an ordinance passed by voters that prohibited the employment and harboring of illegal aliens in the city.

 

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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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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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Martinez v. City of Fremont

IRLI successfully represented the City of Fremont, Nebraska in defending against a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund challenging an ordinance passed by voters that prohibited the employment and harboring of illegal aliens in the city.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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