Judge grants first step to help felonious Mexican squatter avoid deportation

Portland Oregonian
A Clackamas County judge signed off Thursday on the first step to keep a young Happy Valley man from deportation. — Judge Thomas J. Rastetter granted bench probation to Edson Barrera Gonzalez, who has been held in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Seattle for a year. Immigration advocates for Gonzalez hope to persuade ICE to release Gonzalez for six months while he applies to have his status changed to a misdemeanor criminal, rather than felon… Read More

Crackpot activist judge stops Arpaio from busting invaders

Associated Press
Phoenix — America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” has been dealt another setback to his immigration enforcement efforts by a federal judge’s ruling that bars deputies from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they’re in the country illegally. — The ruling issued Friday sets the stage for a possible trial in a lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in the patrols in Arizona’s Maricopa County, and would further limit Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration authority after Washington yanked his federal powers earlier this month. — Lawyers pushing the lawsuit on behalf of five Latino clients also won class-action status that lets other Hispanics join the case if they have been detained and questioned by Arpaio’s deputies as either a driver or passenger in a vehicle since January 2007… Read More

Activist judge halts key parts of SC illegal immigration law

Associated PressKangaroo Court
Columbia, SC — A federal judge on Thursday blocked several provisions of South Carolina’s tough new immigration law from taking effect New Year’s Day, including a requirement for law officers to check the immigration status of people they pull over if officers suspect they are in the country illegally. — U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel’s ruling also blocked sections making it a state crime not to carry immigration paperwork or for illegal immigrants to transport or house themselves. — “While the Court does not doubt the good faith of the South Carolina General Assembly in attempting to address the immigration issue, the Constitution of the United States and the (Immigration and Nationality Act) have placed the policy-making role regarding immigration in the hands of the national government,” the judge wrote… Read More…