April 16, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the ...[read more]
December 21, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a controversial immigration bill Friday that will allow students in the country illegally to be eligible for in-state rates to attend state colleges, effective immediately. Christie's administration and the state senate reached a compromise on what has ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Although not directly addressed in the imminent controversy of Arizona v. United States, issues of education and illegal immigration have confronted the US government for decades. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act was first introduced in 2001 by Senator Orrin Hatch and ...[read more]
December 22, 2012
by Samuel Franklin
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Senate filibusters are an unconstitutional denial of majority rule. The lawsuit was brought by a non-profit organization known as Common Cause as well as four members of the US House of ...[read more]
December 7, 2012
by Sarah Posner
Rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit on Thursday challenging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's executive order preventing immigrants in a federal program from obtaining driver's licenses. Brewer's order denies driver's licenses for immigrants ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Keith Herting
Voters in Montana and Maryland went to the polls to decide upon two state immigration initiatives on Tuesday. In Maryland, Question 4, often called "Maryland's Dream Act," passed with approximately 59 percent of the votes affirming the law's passage. The measure allows for most undocumented ...[read more]
October 8, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On October 8, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act, which expanded financial aid to undocumented immigrant students in the state, into law. Much of the provisions within the California statute mirrored those in the federal Development Relief and Education for Alien ...[read more]
June 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said Friday that President Barack Obama's plan to issue an executive order implementing policies of the DREAM Act is unconstitutional and he plans to sue the Obama administration to delay its implementation. King claims that this executive order would effectively ...[read more]
January 2, 2012
by Sarah Posner
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, and added individuals with disabilities to the list of ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Sarah Posner
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act into law on Saturday, expanding financial aid to undocumented students. Under AB 131, high achieving students who are in the process of applying for citizenship are eligible to receive financial aid for college. The newly enacted law ...[read more]

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