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Senate Immigration Bill Would Save US $175 Billion: CBO Report

The Senate's proposed immigration law would cut close to $1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next two decades and lead to more than 10 million new legal residents in the country.

The findings came in the long-awaited report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Tuesday. It marked a major victory for the "Gang of Eight" senators who have spent months negotiating sweeping immigration reform.

Conservatives have said the bill would cost the nation billions of dollars. The impartial CBO analysts concluded the opposite.

The agency said deficits would fall by $197 billion the first 10 years and by $700 billion in the next decade if the bill became law. That is even with higher spending on border security and government benefits.

In a statement issued quickly after the report was released, the White House said it was "more proof that bipartisan commonsense immigration reform will be good for economic growth and deficit reduction."

Legal to Blacklist Suspected Illegal Immigrants in Alabama?

Should law enforcement be required to publish an immigrant “black list”?

A portion of Alabama’s latest immigration law requires state law enforcement to publish a list of immigrants who may be undocumented. HB 658, signed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last May, was designed to “simplify and clarify” the state’s existing immigration law.

The ACLU criticized the immigrant “black list” which offers no mechanism for persons on the list to challenge their inclusion.

“This law violates privacy laws and basic constitutional rights, as well as conflicts with fundamental American values of fairness and equality,” said Justin Cox, staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. He called the provision unconstitutional and called on Alabama to consider alternatives.

The ACLU lawsuit asks the court to issue a permanent injunction blocking the provision of the law that mandates the immigrant black list.

Sweeping Immigration Reform Pitched by Senate's 'Gang of Eight'

A far-reaching proposal to overhaul the nation’s “broken immigration system,” has been unveiled by a bipartisan group of senator’s called the “Gang of Eight.”

The detailed framework of principles was described as a way to resolve the plight of millions of undocumented immigrants living illegally in society’s shadows and to modernize and streamline the legal immigration system.

Now President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his principles for immigration reform in a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday.

It will include a potentially quicker path to citizenship than the bipartisan senator’s plan. But for now Obama will stop short of offering his own piece of legislation.

Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Provision Allowed to Go Into Effect

In a case challenging provisions of Arizona's tough immigration law, SB 1070, a federal judge has denied the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of the portion of the law that requires police officers to determine an individual's immigration status during any lawful stop, detention, or arrest.  The judge determined that, given the United States Supreme Court's decision holding that the portion of the law was not unconstitutional on its face, the plaintiffs did not demonstrate that they were likely to succeed on their claims at trial.

Feds File Civil Complaint Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office alleging that Arpaio and the Sheriff's Office violated the constitutional rights of Latinos and engaged in retaliatory campaigns against their critics.  The lawsuit comes after negotiations between the Sheriff's Office, Arpaio, and the Justice Department broke down after Arpaio refused a settlement agreement that included an independent monitor.

DOJ Finds That Joe Arpaio Routinely Violated Civil Rights

An inquiry into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) by the US Department of Justice has concluded that the MCSO, headed by outspoken Sheriff Joe Arpaio, engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing. The report specifically mentions racial profiling, illegal stops and unlawful retaliation by the department as the basis for its finding.

US Files Lawsuit to Invalidate South Carolina Immigration Law

The United States has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block South Carolina's immigration law, Act No. 69, from going into effect. The US claims that the law infringes on powers reserved for the federal government, and thus violates the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.

Appeals Court Blocks Portions of Alabama Immigration Law

A panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked two portions of the controversial Alabama immigration law from going into effect, but has allowed the state to begin enforcing other parts of the law. The panel found that the United States had met its burden for an injunction pending appeal in regards to the sections of the law that create a misdemeanor offense for failing to carry an alien registration document and require school officials to determine whether incoming children are immigrants of the children of immigrants and evaluate whether they qualify for English as a second language or other remedial language classes.
The United States government filed an emergency motion with the 11th Circuit on October 7, 2011 asking the court to enjoin portions of Alabama's controversial new immigration law while the issue is on appeal. The Department of Justice argued in its motion that the state law encroaches on an area of the law under the exclusive control of the federal government. The district court in the case had previously denied the DoJ's multiple requests for injunctions.

Judge Denies Injunction in Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

A federal judge in Alabama has denied the United States' request for a preliminary injunction blocking the most controversial portions of a recently-enacted Alabama law dealing with immigration enforcement. The judge found that the U.S. government failed to meet the requirements for such an injunction.