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Legal News
26 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Utah Attorney General's Office [official website] reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law [HB 497]. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday struck down [order, PDF] an Arizona law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime because it conflicts with federal laws governing immigration. The law was passed in 2005 and designed to prosecute those … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100 [text, PDF], passed in 2006, prohibited bail for … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] a complaint [complaint, PDF] with the Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official websites] alleging widespread sexual abuse and harassment taking place at the immigration family detention center of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett [official profiles] filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] demanding that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website] modify federal voter registration forms to allow states … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Prior to the passage of SB 1070, Arizona was the subject of an entirely different legal challenge involving illegal immigration, namely the legitimacy of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA). The law took effect in January 2008 and imposed sanctions on employers that utilized undocumented immigrants as part of their … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling that dismissed a challenge to Arizona's Proposition 100 [text, PDF], a voter-approved amendment which denies bail to undocumented immigrants being held for serious felonies. The plaintiffs, represented by American … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A coalition of rights groups in Arizona filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking a court to block a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] until an appeal can be heard on the issue. The contested provision requires law enforcement officials to check the immigration status … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Perone, Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, argues that there has been a drastic change in public opinion in favor of same-sex marriage and that courts are more willing to recognize marriage equality for all couples...In just a few short years, the landscape … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block [motion, PDF] a portion of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070, PDF; JURIST news archive] that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop. The US Supreme Court [official website] struck down … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] on Monday struck down [order, PDF] a provision in Fremont, Nebraska law that denies housing permits to illegal immigrants, saying the ordinance violates federal law. In the ruling, Judge Laurie Smith Camp also upheld part … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2011
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] urging the court to strike down Alabama's immigration law [HB 56 text]. The DOJ filed its brief in response to a federal … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Advocacy groups on Friday filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the portion of the state's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] that bans blocking traffic to acquire or offer day … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Friday to halt enforcement [motion, PDF] of a controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The law requires school officials … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] an emergency motion to issue a temporary injunction on those portions of Alabama's recently passed immigration law [HB 56 text] that the same judge last week ruled did not meet the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday refused to block key parts of Alabama's recently passed immigration law. Chief Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, in a 115-page memorandum opinion [text, PDF], ruled that the federal government's challenge to the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a City of Redondo Beach [official website] anti-day laborer ordinance [3-7.1601 text] as an unconstitutional restriction on speech. The ordinance prohibited individuals from standing on a street or highway to solicit "employment, … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A New Mexico judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked [opinion, PDF] the "Residency Verification Program" [press release], announced last month by Governor Susana Martinez [official website]. Judge Sarah Singleton stated that "irreparable injury will occur in the form of constitutional deprivations" if the "Residency Verification Program" is not halted. The … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], joined by several rights groups, appeared before a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday seeking a temporary injunction of the state's new immigration law [HB 56 text]. The law requires … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A coalition of six rights groups filed a petition [ACLU materials] in the US District Court of Arizona [official website] on Friday seeking to block to additional elements of the Arizona's recently passed immigration reform bill SB 1070 [text; JURIST news archives]. The petition [text, PDF], filed [ACLU press … [read more]

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