June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court threw out an Arizona law Monday and by a surprisingly lopsided vote, ruling state officials may not demand a proof of citizenship from residents who register to vote. The 7-2 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia said this “proof of citizenship” requirement conflicts with the national Motor Voter Act. The measure said states must “accept and use” a simple registration form when filled out by residents who are registering to vote. Scalia insists on closely following the words of the law, and in this instance, the words of the federal measure were clear in their meaning, he said.
June 2, 2010 |
Four summers ago, a handful of Spanish-speaking radio disc jockeys encouraged hundreds of thousands of Latino marchers to the streets of Los Angeles and other cities to support immigration reform. Now, in what is partially a sign of the growing clout of U.S. Latinos both as voters and cultural consumers, a number of prominent artists, both Latino and non-Latino, are urging fans to protest Arizona's controversial new statute that requires law enforcement officials to determine the status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants.
June 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided 2-1 on Tuesday to uphold an Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who entered or remain in the country without documentation if they are arrested in connection with a felony. The ruling by the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals upheld Arizona's Proposition 100, a ballot measure passed 78% to 22% in 2006 to create bail exceptions for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Two immigrants who were denied bail challenged the law in a class-action lawsuit.
July 8, 2010
In filing its long-awaited suit to block implementation of Arizona's harsh new immigration law, the Justice Department has taken a necessary step to reassert federal authority over immigration enforcement. The Obama administration rightly argues that states cannot be permitted to concoct their own rules and regulations on this issue to suit local needs and local politics, no matter how frustrated they are with the federal government. Allowing states to do so would result in a mishmash of laws handicapping Washington's ability to do its job. Arizona officials have argued that the state is merely seeking to enforce federal law. But that's not quite right.
July 12, 2010 |
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Sunday he might sue Arizona a second time if its new tough-on-illegal-immigrants law leads to racial profiling. The nation's top law enforcement officer said the federal government's lawsuit against Arizona, filed last week, made scant mention of racial profiling because it focused on the stronger argument that the state law preempted the federal government's responsibility in deciding immigration policies. The Arizona law requires police to check the immigration status of people who are stopped for other reasons if they are "reasonably suspected" of being in the country illegally.
December 27, 2011 |
Tucson's Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the program's possible demise. Judge Lewis D. Kowal affirmed a prior decision by the state's schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District's program violates a new law prohibiting divisive ethnic-studies classes. John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program in violation in June. Among other things, the law bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people.