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.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a coalition of voting rights groups called on the Texas Legislature to abandon the controversial voter identification policy proposal that resulted in a partisan stalemate during the 2009 Texas Legislative session.
Late Friday, MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights groups asked a federal court to block Arizona from implementing its controversial new law, known as SB 1070, pending a final court ruling on its constitutionality. The law requires police to demand ‘papers’ from people they stop who they suspect are "unlawfully present" in the U.S. According to the coalition, the law would subject massive numbers of people—both citizens and non-citizens— to racial profiling, improper investigations and detention.
MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit today in a federal court in Phoenix challenging Arizona’s new law requiring police to demand "papers" from people they stop who they suspect are not authorized to be in the U.S. The extreme law, the coalition charged, invites the racial profiling of people of color, violates the First Amendment and interferes with federal law
MALDEF Midwest Regional Counsel Ricardo Meza announced the filing of a federal class action lawsuit against Ottawa County and Ottawa County Clerk Daniel C. Krueger for refusing to permit a Latino couple their fundamental right to marry. The Ottawa County Clerk’s office under the supervision of County Clerk Krueger has a policy of denying marriage licenses to individuals who do not possess a social security number.
MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz today released his reaction to and interpretation of the amendments of Arizona SB 1070 signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 30, as follows:
MALDEF, ACLU, ACLU of Arizona, and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) held a news conference on the House of Representatives Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Building in Phoenix, Arizona to announce their upcoming legal challenge to Governor Jan Brewer’s recently signed SB1070.
Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz issued the following statement in response to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of Senate Bill 1070.
David Damian Figueroa, respected entertainment industry professional and non-profit advisor, will oversee MALDEF’s corporate and foundation partnerships, communications, special events, and branding initiatives
MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz issued a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer calling for a veto of the most draconian anti-immigrant legislation approved by a state body in the nation.
MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz issued the following statement regarding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation in Arizona.
Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Justice John P. Stevens will retire.
MALDEF announced James A. Ferg-Cadima as its newest Regional Counsel. He will lead its Washington, D.C. Regional office, effective April 1, 2010.
Today, MALDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU) and the National ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project succeeded in invalidating Ordinance 2952, the latest in a series of anti-immigrant ordinances enacted by Farmers Branch, Texas.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of middle and high school English Language Learner students in the long-standing school desegregation case, US v. Texas, and ordered the trial court to determine “the cause of [ELL] student failure and how best to remedy it.”
Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz issued the following statement in response to the historic healthcare vote scheduled for Sunday, March 21st.
Young California Latinos will be able to act as viral marketers, encouraging their friends to participate in the U.S. Census, as part of a multimedia campaign that includes an interactive mobile application, MALDEF and Voto Latino, partners in the project, announced today.
The city of Costa Mesa today halted enforcement of its anti-solicitation ordinance in response to a lawsuit brought by MALDEF, The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. The suit was brought on behalf of day laborers represented by the Asociacion de Jornaleros de Costa Mesa and the Colectivo Tonantzin.
MALDEF filed legal papers on behalf of several Colorado families seeking to join the state school finance lawsuit, Lobato v. Colorado. The families seek a ruling that Colorado’s inadequate school funding for low income and English Language Learner students violates their rights under the Colorado Constitution. The parents and children represent different regions of the state, including Mapleton, Sheridan, Rocky Ford and Greeley.
MALDEF announced that it has joined as co-counsel in a lawsuit against AARP, the United States' largest membership organization of older Americans, for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. The case, Moreno v. AARP, was filed in California Superior Court in Sacramento County, on behalf of plaintiff Michael Moreno, former Associate State Director for Advocacy for AARP California, Interim State Director of AARP Mississippi and the Southwestern Associate Regional Director.
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