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Jun 30, 2010   MALDEF to Receive Proceeds from Ry Cooder's New Single

Ry Cooder created his new single “Quicksand” in response to anti-immigrant law SB 1070 and the ongoing Arizona immigration battle. SB 1070 requires police to demand ‘papers’ from people they stop who they suspect are "unlawfully present" in the U.S.

Jun 28, 2010   Supreme Court To Review Arizona Employability Verification Law

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, issued the following statement

Jun 16, 2010   MALDEF Files Suit Against LaGrange Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Detention of Young Mother

MALDEF’s Midwest Regional Office along with Fort Wayne law firm Christopher C. Myers and Associates filed a federal lawsuit against Terry Martin, Sheriff of LaGrange County, and two jail administrators for their failure to release a young mother who was eligible for release from state custody 48 hours after having posted bond for felony charges relating to a $10 “bounced” check.

Jun 15, 2010   MALDEF Secures Settlement with Ottawa County to Protect Latino Michigan Couple's Right to Marry

MALDEF Midwest Regional Counsel Ricardo Meza announced the successful settlement of a federal class action lawsuit against Ottawa County regarding the county’s previous marriage license policy that infringed upon a couple’s fundamental right to marry. As part of the settlement agreement, Ottawa country agreed to revise its policy to allow any individual seeking to be married that does not have a social security number to marry so long as that person fills out an affidavit stating, under penalty of perjury, that he or she does not have a social security number.

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