6/21 – Wall Street Journal – Immigration Remains Hot Litigation Topic Du Jour – Law Blog – WSJ

Immigration Remains Hot Litigation Topic Du Jour – Law Blog – WSJ.

We have one word for law graduates looking for gainful employment: immigration.

Immigration disputes  continue to command top billing in our nation’s dockets, as two WSJ articles today attest.

In Georgia, the ACLU and other groups have filed suit challenging a new state law that takes effect July 1 and authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects and to hand over to federal authorities anyone who is in the U.S. illegally, WSJ reports.  The law also requires businesses to verify that employees are eligible to work in the U.S. and criminalizes the transport of illegal immigrants.

The suit claims the immigration law oversteps state authority and opens the door to racial profiling of Hispanics, Asians and other minorities

Federal judge Thomas Thrash, WSJ reports, said at a hearing yesterday that he would decide by July 1 whether the new law should be blocked. About 30 states in total are considering immigration proposals, most of which would crack down on illegal workers.

In Georgia, business groups have claimed that the new law would taint the state’s image and create problems for employers, particularly local farmers.

But Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican who supports the law, has pledged to crack down on high medical and prison costs that he says are a result of illegal immigration, according to WSJ.

Separately, a federal suit has been filed against the State Department on behalf of thousands of potential green-card winners whose chances of obtaining residency were scuttled because of a computer error, WSJ reports.

A record 15 million people from around the world submitted entries to the so-called diversity visa program lottery, which each year offers a quick path to a green card for 50,000 people selected by random draw.

The State Department notified 22,000 people in May that they had been chosen, but it later informed them the electronic draw would have to be held again because a computer glitch, according to WSJ. The government told affected applicants they would be re-entered in a new draw.

Disenchanted applicants from across the globe created a Facebook page dubbed “22,000 Tears” and began collecting signatures for letters to the State Department and U.S. lawmakers in protest, WSJ reports.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiffs from more than 20 countries, claims the U.S. government must restore its “broken commitment” of providing green cards.

David Donahue, a deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees the program, said the original draw was voided because it “did not represent a fair, random selection of entrants as required by U.S. law.”

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One Comment to “6/21 – Wall Street Journal – Immigration Remains Hot Litigation Topic Du Jour – Law Blog – WSJ”

  1. Can you imaging, curtailing the hopes of thousand of people to come to the States in a lottery contest and then let them go into the depts of lose hopes is just absurd. Short sighted immigration procedures, confussion ! The system and a procedure that are more that it should, is the day by day operation at Immigration, Custom and Enforcement (ICE) When politicians use they ” immigration system is broken ” , they aren’t liying. This sysytem is truly broken and rotten and corrupt. But how to prove it, It is a dounting challenge. First of all, most Americans do not know, have no idea, how it works. Second it is not a comprehensive cohesive system, like from A to Z. Through the years, The Immigration and Naturalization Department as it used to be called, have been transformed in a riddle of laws and by laws that in many cases contradict each other and bring to the users a tremedous case of frustration. In most cases the sponsorships are to compete with the demand and the availabilityat the time applications have been rendered by the sponsonree (s). The lenghty and purposly waiting periods are gear to discourage the applicant and their sponsors.of their purposes. Though, If one have applied through their won merits, the waiting period is perhaps even longer. ICE is as cold and umpersonal system as its name sugest. One of the eyes opener that has come out froml these debate about “Immigration Reform”these days scare the devils out of the system. Can you imaging if there were to “document” the millions of undocumented inmigrants already in the country, how long would it be taking. ? I do not think these people have a plan B of any sorte. One of the most prevalent arguments against the system is that it does not favor the meek and the poor. No wonder with have such a clash now.
    If the poor from south of the border would be confident that going to the legal channels would resolve their desire to immigrate to USA, I will guarantee they would. But the experience of denial and lack of coordination of the system make these people take the wrong decisions that aggravate their future and their families. We should strive for a more, simplier system that would give a real hope to all those whom want to share our dreams in America.

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