Posted on October 4, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
A petition against a Ga. immigration official may be backed up soon by a federal suit. | AP Photo
The Obama administration is ratcheting up its efforts against state immigration laws around the country, according to a new report.
After suing Arizona and Alabama over immigration measures enacted in those states, the Justice Department is currently reviewing immigration laws in four other states to decide whether to challenge the measures, The Washington Post reported. The immigration measures being examined were enacted in Utah, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana.
The Justice Department will examine the four laws to see the extent to which the measures interfere with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law.
“Based on that review and applying those principles, the United States will decide whether and when to bring suit challenging particular state laws,” Justice Department spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa said. (more…)
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Posted on September 30, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Friday, September 30, 2011
South Carolina’s new immigration law won’t take effect until January, but already the federal government and the ACLU are taking aim at it.
The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing immigration-related laws that were passed in South Carolina, Utah, Indiana and Georgia, department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said Thursday.
“To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law, we are prepared to bring suit,” she said.
South Carolina’s new law would require police to call federal immigration officials if someone is suspected of being in the country illegally. State and local law enforcement also would check a person’s immigration status if they suspected that the person was not here legally. (more…)
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