Georgia’s Immigration Law to be Revisited in Federal Appeals Court

July 16, 2012

In March of this year, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals put a challenge to Georgia’s immigration law on hold, pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s determination on the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law. Last month, the Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions in Arizona’s law, upholding the most controversial part of the…

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law – Summary and Background Information*

June 25, 2012

We have been following the infamous Arizona immigration law, as well as similar immigration laws in other states, closely. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions in the controversial Arizona immigration law.  However, the most controversial element of the law, which requires police officers to review a person’s immigration status if…

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Opponents of Alabama’s Immigration Laws Find New Ways to Appeal to Legislature

June 7, 2012

The Alabama Great Seal Civil rights and labor groups opposed to Alabama’s immigration law, known as HB 658, want to send a message to the Alabama Legislature. Since the legislature has been largely unresponsive to protests up to this point, opponents are finding another way to appeal to them – this time through their pocketbooks.…

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Decision on Utah’s Immigration Law Postponed

March 21, 2012

We previously reported on our Blog about the Utah immigration law known as House Bill 497. The law allows police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups, who is presiding over the hearing as to the law’s constitutionality, postponed his decision. He wrote in his two page…

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Arizona Rethinks Immigration Policy: it’s the Economy, Stupid!

February 20, 2012

Arizona, once a trailblazer in cracking down on illegal immigration, is rethinking its ways. While a number of states jumped on the Arizona bandwagon and copied the state’s illegal immigration laws in an effort to reduce their unemployment rate and rev up the local economy, it’s becoming clear that the laws’ unintended consequences, in particular…

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Federal Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

May 11, 2011

Hours after Utah’s new immigration law went into effect, it was blocked by a federal judge. The law would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest. Citing its similarity to the infamous Arizona immigration law now before the Supreme Court, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in his ruling that…

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