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Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] on Thursday amended Senate Bill 160 [text, PDF], implementing stricter security and immigration compliance than the original 2011 version. The modifications impose tougher penalties and heighten identification requirements. First, the bill requires all public employers, their contractors and subcontractors to verify the work … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Wednesday denied a request by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to issue a temporary injunction barring Florida from continuing the practice of purging its voter rolls. The DOJ alleges that … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] seeking to halt Florida's ongoing purging of voter rolls. The DOJ alleges that Florida's policy violates the National Voter Registration Act (VRA) [text], which requires all voter roll … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Department of Homeland Security and US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services [official websites] for banning the state from comparing names in the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU-FL) [advocacy website] announced Friday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] seeking to end Florida's controversial purging of voter rolls. The ACLU-FL contends that Florida's policy of purging voter rolls violates federal law, discriminates against racial minorities, and … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Fazzi, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, is a Legislative and Comment Editor for the McGeorge Law Review. Here he argues that the Supreme Court should find federal law preempts only two provisions of Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act...Immigration law … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Monday placed a hold on a lawsuit over the state's new immigration law [SB 20] pending the outcome of a similar case to be heard by the US Supreme Court [official website]. The … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] On Sunday, January 1, 2012, a number of new state laws took effect ranging from abortion, gay rights, immigration and more. California became the first state to require public schools to teach the positive contributions of gays and lesbians [AP report], and added individuals with disabilities to the list … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Thursday blocked [order, PDF] portions of South Carolina's controversial immigration law [SB 20]. The legislation requires police officers to check a suspect's immigration status during a lawful stop, seizure, detention or arrest if … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Sixteen Latin American, Caribbean and South American governments have filed supporting briefs in a lawsuit filed last week [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] challenging the South Carolina's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The briefs contend that the new law will "impede … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit [text, PDF; press release] on Monday in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] to challenge the state's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The complaint claims that the new legislation, which allows … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday dismissed a counterclaim [order, PDF] filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] and state Attorney General Tom Horne [official profile] against the US government in the lawsuit challenging the controversial … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official websites] announced on Tuesday that 396,906 illegal immigrants were deported in 2011 [press release], the largest number in the agencies' history. The report indicated that more than half of the deportees were convicted criminals. In … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block South Carolina's recently passed immigration law [SB 20 text]. Brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) [advocacy websites] and other civil rights groups, the class action suit [complaint, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange [official website] on Tuesday submitted a filing in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] asking the court not to stay the state's controversial immigration law [text]. The filing was in response to a motion filed last week by the … [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
30 Aug 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Monday issued a temporary injunction [text, PDF] blocking an immigration law that was scheduled to take effect Thursday. "The court will issue detailed Memorandum Opinions and Orders ruling on the merits of the pending Motions … [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
16 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens [official website] filed an appeal [text, PDF] Monday in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] seeking to overturn a recent injunction [JURIST report] of a controversial immigration law [HB 87 text]. A judge from the US District Court for … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) [advocacy websites] and several other civil rights groups jointly filed a motion for preliminary injunction [text, PDF] on Thursday in an effort to prevent an Alabama immigration law from taking effect on September 1. The motion, … [read more]

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