Tagged: immigration law

Hearing on AZ immigration law

A federal judge in Phoenix is hearing arguments from the state, the feds, and civil rights groups over whether Arizona’s controversial new immigration law — requiring officers to check a person’s immigration status if there’s a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is here illegally — should take effect next week.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an […]

SCOTUS to review 2007 Arizona law

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a 2007 Arizona immigration law that punishes employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.  The Justice Department says the law violates a federal law barring states from imposing penalties on those who employ people not in the country legally.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says the […]

Nebraska town targets illegals

With about 57 percent of residents voting for it, the town of Fremont, Neb., has passed an ordinance aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration by banning hiring or renting property to illegals.  The town now faces a long legal fight similar to that embroiling the state of Arizona after it recently enacted a law […]

Arizona fighting the 14th Amendment

On the heels of passing a controversial law involving screening illegal immigrants, the Arizona legislature is considering a bill that would deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, despite the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that specifically grants naturalized citizenship to such children.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says getting such […]

Immigrant detention policy overhaul

The White House is unveiling a plan to overhaul the way America detains immigration violators, aiming to consolidate many in places more suitable for noncriminals who face deportation.  School of Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, can discuss the potential impact of the ambitious proposals. Contact Susan Akram, 617-353-3060, smakram@bu.edu

Obama immigration policy unresolved

Trying to build public support for candidate Obama’s pledge to overhaul U.S. immigration law, the Obama administration so far has maintained most Bush administration enforcement policies to keep the borders secure before the debate begins in Congress over changing the laws.  The only formal change was to limit controversial raids at workplaces.  School of Law Professor […]