Putting U.S. Taxpayers First
Illegal immigration and unsustainable levels of legal immigration contribute to burdens on public services, increasing their costs and diminishing their availability. The seminal study of the costs of immigration (legal and illegal) by the National Academy of Sciences found that the taxes paid by immigrants do not begin to cover the cost of services received by them. The quality of education, health care and other services for Americans are undermined by the needs of endless numbers of poor, unskilled illegal entrants. With the federal budget and many state budgets in deficit, policymakers have an obligation to reduce the fiscal burden of illegal immigration by ensuring only legal U.S. residents are afforded taxpayer-funded public benefits.
That’s where IRLI comes in! Since the 1980s, IRLI has been advising lawmakers on creating laws that put U.S. taxpayers first!
IRLI has been a national leader in crafting and defending legislation designed to ensure limited taxpayer dollars and scarce public benefits only go to U.S. citizens and qualified aliens – not individuals who have violated our immigration laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Straus v. Rosenblum
IRLI successfully represented 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.