Holding Corporations & Government Accountable

 

Unfettered immigration reduces earnings for U.S. workers while increasing the profits of those who employ guest workers and illegal aliens. This costs native-born workers $402 billion annually in reduced wages. Consequently, many corporate interests lobby tirelessly to maintain the status quo that best lines their pockets. Other employers, sadly, are simply not interested in controlling the mass migration that so detrimentally impacts their employees.

 

Unfortunately, businesses get away with unethical immigration employment practices that harm American workers because so many of our elected officials refuse to enforce our laws when it comes to the corporate interests that fund their campaigns. The

failure to enforce immigration laws imposes enormous fiscal and social burdens on Americans, yet there are federal, state, and local officials that continue to subvert and undermine our immigration laws for their own political gain. If our own government is not holding themselves or the business community accountable, who is? That's where IRLI comes in!

IRLI has been a national leader in seeking to hold these corporate interests and public officials accountable to the American people by exposing their exploitation of U.S. workers for personal gain. For more than three decades IRLI has been challenging their actions in the courts and before government agencies, ensuring hard-working Americans — not corporate lobbyists — come first.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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) 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Straus v. Rosenblum

IRLI successfully represented chief petitioners and sponsors of a ballot initiative in Oregon that defeated (by a landslide of 68% 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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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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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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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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