December 15, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court did not have to commit itself, as it did Monday, to deciding the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration statute, Senate Bill 1070. The justices could have allowed the lower federal courts, which have temporarily enjoined enforcement of portions of the law at the request of the Obama administration, to proceed with a trial on the statute's constitutional merits. Or they could have waited until lower courts ruled on challenges to similar statutes in Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
December 13, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday stepped into the fight over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws - pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign. The court's election-year docket now contains three politically charged disputes, including President Obama's health-care overhaul and Texas redistricting. The debate over immigration already is shaping presidential politics, and now the court is undertaking a review of an Arizona law that has spawned a host of copycat state laws targeting illegal immigrants.
August 2, 2011
U.S. sues Alabama on immigrant law The Justice Department sued Alabama's government Monday, arguing that the state's newly passed immigration law conflicts with federal law and is invalid. "A state cannot set its own immigration policy," Justice said in a news release. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the law June 9 broadening police powers, following Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in requiring local authorities to identify illegal immigrants. Justice last year obtained a preliminary injunction against the Arizona law. Alabama's law, set to take effect Sept.
July 14, 2011
I'M WORKING my way through a dilemma. Want to be my shrink? Me: Is City Council misguided, moronic or malicious? Doc: There are usually reasons for aberrant behavior. Me: Doc, the enablers of bad behavior (not their own, for once) unanimously passed a resolution demanding the city stop cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the main investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Doc: Resolutions are toothless.
June 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, closely divided along ideological lines, made it harder for states and cities to use public funding of campaigns to limit the effect of private money on elections. In a 5-4 decision, the justices struck down an Arizona law offering extra "matching funds" to candidates who opted to accept only public funds and who faced a free-spending opponent who relied on personal money. The matching funds aimed to make sure the publicly funded candidates could keep pace with their opponents.
June 14, 2011
JUST TO BE clear about this, Rebecca T. Alpert wants you to help manipulate the selection process for the starting lineups for next month's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix. The Temple University associate professor of Religion and Women's Studies is a lifelong baseball fan with an agenda. Alpert wants baseball fans to stuff the ballot box with votes for Latino players. Her goal is to have 18 players of Latino descent starting for both the American and National leagues to draw attention to Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Sage Neighborhoods Act, which allows law-enforcement officials to request documentation and legally detain anyone who might look like an illegal alien.
June 7, 2011 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the Northeastern Pennsylvania city of Hazleton another chance to resurrect its 2006 ordinance cracking down on illegal immigrants. The closely watched local law would penalize landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, and employers who hired them. It was immediately challenged by Hispanic and other groups, and blocked in 2007 by a federal district court. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia affirmed the lower court's ruling.
May 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that severely penalizes businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In a ruling likely to embolden Congress and other states, the court declared that Arizona's law fits comfortably within the state's powers. "Arizona hopes that its law will result in more effective enforcement of the prohibition on employing unauthorized aliens," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the 5-3 majority, adding that "the Arizona regulation does not otherwise conflict with federal law. " The highly anticipated decision keeps intact the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act. Under the law, employers' business licenses could be suspended or revoked if they hire illegal immigrants.
March 29, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled during oral arguments Monday that they would vote to strike down another campaign-funding law and make clear that states and cities may not try to "level the playing field" between candidates for public office. The justices objected to part of an Arizona law that provides public funds to candidates for state office if they agree to forgo private fund-raising. The disputed provision gives extra "matching funds" to candidates who face a well-funded and free-spending opponent.
September 10, 2010 |
In a high-profile Pennsylvania case that helped spark the ongoing national debate over immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the City of Hazleton has no right to punish businesses or landlords who hire or rent to illegal immigrants. The ruling, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, upheld a 2007 lower-court decision prohibiting Hazleton from enforcing local immigration ordinances. The judges said federal immigration law preempted Hazleton's controversial 2006 initiatives.