Any state that tries to circumvent the 14th Amendment’s American Citizenship Clause with a state law to ban birthright citizenship will face a legal challenge, a national civil rights group announced today.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the population of the U.S. grew 9.7 percent to 308,745,538 in 2010, with the biggest growth reported in states with large Latino populations. Latinos stand to gain tremendous political influence with these new numbers.
Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, announced today that he will be leaving the organization once a successor is identified.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF protected your right to vote during this year’s elections. Our attorneys and staff responded to Spanish-language voter concerns from across the East Coast at a national call center, and were on the ground in several counties ensuring that Latino voters received the access and assistance that they are guaranteed by law.
Arizona Law S.B.1070, if implemented, will devastate Latinos all across Arizona. They will be subject to massive racial profiling and daily wrongful arrests. Latino children will be denied schooling and emergency medical care. Hundreds of Latino businesses will go out of business. And all Latinos will become the targets of harassment by anti-Latino activists.
This week, the US District Court in Manhattan approved a settlement in Milanes v. Holder, the 2008 challenge to the multi-year delays in the naturalization process that were depriving hundreds of thousands Latino and other immigrants the opportunity to vote in the presidential elections.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF board member Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr. has been recognized as one of 12 Hispanic leaders who are helping to advance Latino communities across the country. One leader will be chosen as the MillerCoors Lider of the Year and receive a $25,000 grant for a community leadership project.
A federal court upheld a ruling that stopped the city of Hazleton, PA from enacting most of the provisions in an anti-immigration law that targeted a growing population of Latinos in the town.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF President and General Counsel Cesar Perales sent a letter to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, warning him that LatinoJustice PRLDEF is prepared to sue the state or any of its agencies if the Governor authorizes law enforcement agents to conduct investigations into the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed an amicus brief with an Arizona Court on behalf of a number of national Latino organizations who oppose Arizona's SB 1070 law.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF was informed by reps of the PR government that it will extend the validity of all island-issued birth certificates through the end of September.
Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, will not only fuel anti-Latino bias, but it will put the Latino community in a state of permanent lock down, said national Latino organizations in a brief filed on June 15.
Public Interest Fellowships and Volunteer Attorney Positions Are Available at LatinoJustice PRLDEF for Fall.
LatinoJustice and Patton Boggs Hold Press Conference in Prince William County Police Brutality Case
Two Long Island organizations that protect the rights of Latino day laborers filed a lawsuit today challenging an Oyster Bay town ordinance that violates core constitutional rights of free speech and equal protection under the law, and is intended to drive Latino immigrants from the community.
Young activists from the LatinoJustice Youth Civic Engagement Network will host a live, two-hour webcast from Union Square on Saturday May 1 to give voice to New York City’s immigrants.
A law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer targets Latinos, will result in racial profiling and is unconstitutional. This law, similar to a number of local laws and ordinances LatinoJustice PRLDEF has fought in localities like Hazleton, Pennsylvania, will not withstand judicial scrutiny.
In a case that could have significant impact throughout Florida, Volusia County has agreed to a court-supervised stipulation that will markedly expand Spanish language assistance to voters to settle a voting rights case.
The plan by the Puerto Rican government to invalidate all birth certificates is already causing harm to Puerto Ricans and creating confusion among mainland government officials.