June 28, 2012
Supreme Court on Health Care: A Victory for Working Families
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the current law of the land, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as constitutional. The Court affirmed that the requirement to purchase health insurance is within Congress’s power to tax, and that states can choose to expand Medicaid to low-income individuals, but it limited the federal government’s ability to compel states to do so. The ACA, which represents the most significant change to the nation’s health care system in 45 years, will allow 31 million previously uninsured Americans to receive affordable health insurance and already has begun to curb abuses by insurance companies. However, undocumented immigrants remain excluded from obtaining health care under the law. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
June 28, 2012
National Civil Rights Coalition to Arizona Gov. Brewer:
SB 1070 Racial Profiling Provision Is Still Enjoined
The coalition representing the plaintiffs in the ongoing civil rights legal challenge to SB 1070, Friendly House v. Whiting, have sent a letter to counsel for all defendants, including Governor Jan Brewer, explaining that SB 1070 's racial profiling provision, section 2 (B), may not be implemented unless a federal court dissolves the injunction.
June 25, 2012
Statement of Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, on the Decision in Arizona v. United States, June 25, 2012
Read the statement here.
June 25, 2012
SUPREME COURT ISSUES RULING ON ARIZONA ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW
Civil Rights Coalition’s Case Against SB 1070 and
Other Racial Profiling Laws Will Continue
The Supreme Court today issued a decision regarding Arizona’s racial profiling law, SB 1070. In Arizona v. United States, the Court determined that three of the four provisions currently blocked by the courts are preempted by federal law. The Court reinstated the law’s “show me your papers” provision for the time being, but left open the possibility that the provision could still be found unconstitutional on preemption or other grounds in the future.
The decision will not immediately go into effect in Arizona. A separate case filed by a civil rights coalition, Friendly House v. Whiting, will continue. That case includes additional legal claims that were not addressed by the Supreme Court, including arguments that the law will result in unreasonable search and seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and that it discriminates on the basis of race, ethnicity, and national origin in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Here are statements from partners in the coalition that is litigating the Friendly House case.
June 15, 2012
Obama Delivers for DREAMers and for Our Country
The Obama administration has announced that it will grant relief to undocumented youth who came to the United States before they were 16, have grown up here, are currently in school, have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or the Armed Forces of the United States, and have not been convicted of a felony offense, multiple misdemeanors, or a significant misdemeanor offense. This announcement directs Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers to grant deferred action to DREAM Act-eligible youth currently in deportation proceedings. Those not in deportation proceedings will be allowed to apply for deferred action status, which will be valid for two years and may be renewable. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.