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Immigration reform held up in court


The Biden Administration has recently issued guidance around which undocumented immigrants law enforcement should prioritize for deportation. The administration has emphasized that undocumented immigrants who pose the greatest threat to public safety should be the first deported. Despite its efforts to reform immigration enforcement, the Biden Administration finds an opponent in Texas Attorney General Ken […]

Stepping Up: Federal Immigration Agencies begin Implementing Windsor on LGBTQ Issues



By James Sellars Earlier this month, Lexology published an article discussing the recent steps taken by federal agencies to align the Nation’s immigration policies with the recent Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor. The article, written by Helen Pihlstrom, gave an in-depth analysis on the preliminary efforts taken by various governmental agencies to ensure […]

Same-Sex Spouses’ Right to Equal Protection


By: Maureen Johnson* Recent polls and statements by political leaders including President Obama demonstrate a growing trend in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. As of this writing, same-sex marriages are nationally recognized in 13 countries worldwide. Nine states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. Nevertheless, current laws in the majority of U.S. states […]

States Want Strict Immigration Law That Virginia Already Has


By: Stephen Koerting* Arizona’s Immigration Law S.B. 1070 made national news when it was passed by state legislation in 2010, and again when the Supreme Court sustained the law’s centerpiece in June of this year. Ever since the inception of the Arizona law that stirred national attention, several states have called for their own tough […]

Supreme Court Sustains Arizona ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Provision, Blocks Remainder Of State’s Controversial Law


By: Stephen Koerting* On Monday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Arizona Immigration Law, S.B. 1070, from 2010. The Court unanimously sustained the central “show me your papers” provision that requires state law enforcement to determine the immigration status of individuals they have stopped or arrested, if an illegal status is reasonably […]

SB 1070 Decision Makes Way for Continuing Legal Disputes


In 2010, not long after Arizona approved SB 1070, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona joined with other civil rights organizations and filed a suit on behalf of twenty four individuals who believed the law to be unconstitutional. The ACLU argued that the law would lead to racial profiling and that the state of […]

What happens to Immigrants with Mental Disabilities in Removal Proceedings?


     With little safeguards, each year many non-citizens or even U.S. citizens have been ordered removed without access to counsel and without any clinical analysis. This is a clear violation of both the Fifth Amendment Equal Protection Clause, and of the Fourth Amendment Due Process Clause.      In Lyttle v.US in December 2010, a U.S. […]

Supreme court hears employment discrimination case


The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting (09-115). A ruling is expected by June. Justices hear case over punishing businesses that hire illegal workers By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer A proposed Arizona law would punish businesses that hire illegal aliens. A proposed Arizona law would punish businesses that hire illegal aliens. STORY […]