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May 2011 News Releases & Statements


Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Employment Law in Narrow Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a 2007 Arizona law on employer sanctions and employment eligibility verification, finding that the Arizona law was expressly authorized by a provision of federal law. The decision does not apply to or address other state or local immigration laws, such as Arizona law SB 1070.


NILC and ACLU File Lawsuit Challenging Indiana’s Draconian Anti-Immigrant Law

The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, the ACLU, and the law firm of Lewis & Kappes, P.C., filed a class action lawsuit today challenging a discriminatory Indiana law inspired by Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. The lawsuit charges the law authorizes police to make warrantless arrests of individuals based on assumed immigration status and criminalizes the mere use or acceptance of the commonly used consular ID card. The groups charge that the law will lead to racial profiling and trample upon the rights of all Indiana residents. 


Georgia Gov. Turns Back Time, Signs Racial Profiling Legislation into Law

Ignoring denouncements from civil rights leaders and boycott threats, Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia today signed into law HB 87, which parrots key portions of Arizona’s racial profiling law. Georgia now joins Utah and Arizona in having enacted extreme, unconstitutional immigration enforcement legislation. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Hoosiers Head Down the Wrong Path

The same day that the Utah “papers please” anti-immigrant law was put on hold by a federal court, Indiana earned the dubious distinction of becoming the third state to adopt a sweeping and draconian anti-immigrant law.  Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center

Reintroduction of the DREAM Act Underscores Need for Immediate Action

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 32 cosponsors introduced the DREAM Act on May 11.  DREAM is legislation that, if passed, would provide undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship if they attend college for two years or enlist in the military. Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) also will introduce similar legislation in the House of Representatives.  DREAM, which has been introduced in every congressional session since 2001, has widespread support from the business, labor, education, and faith sectors, and enjoys high public approval ratings.  Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, NILC executive director.

Court Blocks Implementation of Utah “Show Me Your Papers” Law

Ensuring that Utah law enforcement will not be required to demand "papers" from all people residing in or traveling through Utah, a federal district court in Salt Lake City today blocked implementation of the state’s "show me your papers" law, scheduled to go into effect today.


Action to Reform Immigration System Should Follow Talk

In a speech in El Paso, Texas, President Obama reiterated his commitment to reforming the nation’s badly broken immigration system.  The president talked about how immigration has helped make this country stronger and more prosperous, and how immigration reform is an “economic imperative.”  Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Depts. of Justice and Education Remind School Districts That All Students, Regardless of Immigration Status, May Enroll in Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education yesterday issued a joint letter to remind educators of their legal responsibility to educate all students, regardless of national origin or immigration status. The letter issued a stern warning to districts that student enrollment practices that may “lead to the exclusion of students based on their or their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived immigration status” would “contravene Federal law.”


NILC and ACLU File Lawsuit Challenging Utah “Show Me Your Papers” Law

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Utah, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olsen filed a class action lawsuit today charging that Utah’s recently passed law, HB 497, like Arizona’s notorious SB 1070, authorizes police to demand “papers” demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops, invites racial profiling of Latinos and others who appear “foreign” to an officer, and interferes with federal law.