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  • Garrett v. City of Escondido, California01/03/2012

    In October 2006, the City of Escondido, California, passed an anti-immigration ordinance that required landlords to ensure that they were not renting property to undocumented persons within the City of Escondido, and threatened them with civil and criminal penalties...

  • Robert Stewart, Inc. v. Cherokee County, Georgia01/03/2012

    On December 5, 2006, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners unanimously enacted Georgia’s first ordinance prohibiting the rental of dwelling units to unauthorized immigrants in its unincorporated territory. The Commission’s proffered reason for...

  • Gonzalez v. City of Albuquerque, New Mexico01/03/2012

    In 1982, MALDEF helped secure a landmark victory in the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, guaranteeing the right of all school children, including undocumented immigrants, to have access to a K-12 public education. In March 2004, with no evidence of a violation...

  • Dominguez v. State of Texas (Hazlewood Act)01/03/2012

    In appreciation for the service of men and women in the U.S. military during a period of conflict, Texas’s Hazlewood Act provides a tuition waiver at Texas public colleges and universities for returning veterans. Although the program is intended to further...

  • Daniel T. v. Otero County, New Mexico01/03/2012

    In September of 2007, the Otero County Sheriff and a number of deputies conducted a series of immigration raids against the Latino residents of Chaparral, New Mexico. The raids included warrantless invasions of private homes, stops of pedestrians and drivers without...

  • Lozano v. City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania (Amicus Counsel)01/03/2012

    In 2006, in move that came to be echoed around the country, the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania enacted a series of anti-immigrant ordinances: the “Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance” and the “Tenant Registration Ordinance.” These...

  • Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach, California01/03/2012

    Local ordinances that prevent day laborers from soliciting employment in public areas hurt the Latino community and are contrary to the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of free speech. The Redondo Beach anti-solicitation ordinance made it unlawful to stand...

  • Lopez-Valenzuela v. Maricopa County, Arizona01/03/2012

    In November 2006, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure titled “Proposition 100,” which amended the bail provision of the Arizona Constitution to create a blanket no-bail scheme for undocumented persons charged with certain felonies in Arizona....

  • Lopez v. Town of Cave Creek, Arizona01/03/2012

    In September 2007, the town of Cave Creek, Arizona passed an anti-solicitation ordinance targeting day laborers, who often seek work in traditional public areas subject to constitutional protection, such as sidewalks. The Cave Creek ordinance prohibited a person...

  • Comité de Jornaleros de Glendale v. City of Glendale, California01/03/2012

    The City of Glendale, California had an ordinance that prohibited anyone in a public thoroughfare such as a sidewalk from soliciting employment, business, or contributions from passers-by. Anti-solicitation ordinances such as the law in Glendale are seldom enforced...