Mendez v. Bradshaw
IRLI, as counsel for the Florida Sheriffs’ Association, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief (attached here) 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. IRLI argued, among other things, that the certain plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the case, Sheriff Bradshaw had the legal authority to enforce federal immigration law and ICE detainers, and the requested remedy of a writ of habeas corpus was inappropriate because the alien was not being held by federal authorities. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of Sheriff Bradshaw and dismissed the case. Fla. Immigrant Coalition v. Mendez, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114726 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 27, 2010).