Texas suit could speed DACA’s path to Supreme Court

05/10/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersThree judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and may create a legal clash that could speed the issue’s path to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump’s decision in September to phase out the Obama-era program, called DACA, resulted in protests and a failed congressional effort to salvage it. Experts say it’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will rule on the program. It could be the second opportunity for the high court to weigh in on a high-profile decision of the president’s, with a ruling on Trump’s travel ban expected before the end of June.

Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, said the Texas lawsuit filed May 1 tees up “a fast pass to the Supreme Court.”

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‘Dreamers’ in Arizona are no longer eligible for in-state tuition, court rules

04/10/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersThe Arizona Supreme Court on Monday ruled that young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama-era program will no longer be eligible for in-state tuition at the state’s public colleges.

The court unanimously agreed with the Arizona Court of Appeals, which ruled that federal and state laws do not allow Maricopa Community Colleges to grant in-state tuition to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, also known as “dreamers.”

Chief Justice Scott Bales said he issued the brief order to give the students affected “as much time as possible for planning,” as student enrollment at community colleges for summer and fall has already begun. The court will issue a full opinion by mid-May, the order said.

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Supreme Court stays away from DACA driver’s license case

03/19/2018 CNN

supreme-courtThe Supreme Court signaled again on Monday that it is staying out of the debate concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the moment.

The justices declined to review a lower court opinion that blocks Arizona from excluding DACA recipients from being able to obtain driver’s licenses.
The case dates back to 2012, after the Obama policy was announced. Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the state could deny driver’s licenses to so-called “Dreamers” who came to the United States as children. She also argued that the Obama program was illegal.
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, however, ruled against Arizona. Brewer appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Tie Dooms Obama Immigration Policy

06/23/2016 NBC News

obamaThe U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday over a challenge to President Obama’s immigration policy, a result that prevents the administration from putting the program into effect during the rest of his term.

The split was reflected in a one sentence statement from the court: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

Announced in late 2014, it would shield more than four million people — mostly Latinos — from deportation. But lower courts blocked its implementation after Texas and 25 other states sued, claiming the president had no power to order the changes.

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With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

06/15/15 New York Times

Mexican Supreme CourtMEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen.

But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman.

Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Arizona’s no-bail law for immigrants in US illegally

6/1/15 US News & World Report

Joe_Arpaio_by_Gage_SkidmoreThe U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts.

The nation’s highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix’s top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial.While a small number of Arizona’s immigration laws have been upheld, the courts have slowly dismantled most of the other statutes that sought to draw local police into immigration enforcement.

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Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

Supreme Court US by Flikr user dbkingReuters, 4/21/14

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court’s decision not to hear the state’s appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law.

The harboring provision, part of Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration law, made it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigrants to enter the state or to harbor or transport them within Arizona. Various groups that work with immigrants, including the Border Action Network, challenged the provision.

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