Tuesday, March 25, 2014
LEXIS NEXIS Legal Newsroom -- Immigration reports on the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari in a Frederick County, Maryland case in which a woman challenged local authorities' power to arrest her for an immigration violation. Roxana Santos said she was arrested after being approached by Frederick County sheriff's deputies while she was eating lunch. She sued the county and Sheriff after 45 days in jail, alleging that the officers violated her Fourth Amendment rights. A lower court dismissed her suit, but Santos prevailed in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
A champion of state and local enforcement of the immigration laws, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought to convince the Supreme Court to accept the case for review. He recently participated in similarly unsuccessful efforts to to convince the Court to review lower court decisions striking down much of the immigration enforcement ordinances of Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas.