Monthly Archives: July 2010

AILA PROPOSES IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS (VIDEO)

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has released a video proposing solutions to this nation’s immigration crisis.

Immigrant organizations must continue to ensure that the facts are clearly stated and not drowned out by the rhetoric of the anti-immigrationists.

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ARIZONA APPEALS IMMIGRATION DECISION

Governor Brewer and the State of Arizona have filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to overturn the preliminary injunction handed down by a District Court judge yesterday.

My prediction is that the traditionally liberal ninth circuit will uphold the injunction however, if (or rather when) this case gets to the US Supreme Court, the outcome is less predictable.  In the end, it would be chaotic if every state were to enact its own immigration laws in addition to the maze of existing federal laws.

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FEDERAL JUDGE ENJOINS KEY PARTS OF ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW

According to latimes.com:  “A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial elements of Arizona’s new immigration law, thrilling the law’s opponents, dismaying its advocates and setting the stage for more legal battles in the future.”

The injunction is a temporary measure and this case is most likely headed for the US Supreme Court down the road.  For those of us who favor the federal government enacting Comprehensive Immigration Reform, this case is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it is great to see that a Federal judge believes that a state enacting immigration law violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.  On the other hand, if the immigration issue remains on the radar when the mid-term elections come around in November, opponents may be more motivated to show up and vote.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUES ARIZONA OVER IMMIGRATION LAW

According to a article on miamiherald.com:  “Arguing that only Washington can set the nation’s rules for arresting illegal immigrants, the Obama administration launched a legal attack on Arizona’s strict new immigration law Tuesday.”

This lawsuit once again puts the immigration issue in the spotlight, where it needs to be should there be any hope for CIR in the near future.  It would be a great accomplishment for this administration to enact CIR given that the last decade resulted in failed attempts by Congress to get it done.

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