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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Rights groups applaud Mexico’s top court for freeing man who claimed confession due to torture

Washington Post, 11/7/2013

Mexican Supreme CourtHuman rights groups hailed on Thursday a Mexican Supreme Court decision to free a man who claimed soldiers tortured him into confessing to having played a role in a drug-related massacre. The court ruled that 28-year-old Israel Arzate Melendez’s confession wasn’t valid because he talked to soldiers rather than prosecutors, as the law requires.

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Mexico Supreme Court overturns drugs lord’s release

Mexican Supreme CourtBBC News, 11/07/2013

Mexico’s Supreme Court has overturned a decision by an appeals court to free one of the country’s first drug cartel chiefs three months ago.

Rafael Caro Quintero served 28 of a 40-year sentence for murdering a US agent, but a judge ruled he should have been tried by a state, not a federal court.The latest decision means Caro Quintero, who has vanished since his release in August, is a fugitive.

US authorities are offering a reward for information leading to his capture.

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