In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. That act required the executive branch to respond to requests for information about an individual’s immigration status. This requirement was restated in 1997 in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act. See US Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part IX, Section 1373
We the People spoke through our legislators and established law to curb illegal immigration which was already a critical problem in 1996. Arizona passed a law that requires law enforcement to make informational requests, to which the executive branch is required to respond. However, President Obama’s executive branch simply doesn’t want to follow the law. Instead they sued Arizona to stop law enforcement from making requests so that DHS wouldn’t have to respond.
We the People are responding with the Immigration Class Action (ICA). The ICA seeks a court order that will require the Obama administration to enforce existing immigration law and prohibit the Obama administration from restricting any entity from seeking immigration status information.
You can add your voice to this action – join the ICA today.
The Details: The Immigration Class Action (ICA) was filed on September 16, 2010 in Tennessee District Court against Defendants Obama, the Department of Homeland Security, Eric Holder, David Palmatier as Unit Chief for the Law Enforcement Support Center, and the United States. Key legal precedent at issue will likely be Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Mellon, 1923 as the Defendants are sure to cite “standing doctrine” as a defense.
UPDATE: The ICA is being moved to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.