October 16, 2019
By Jimmy Hoover
The Supreme Court justices appeared split Wednesday over whether federal immigration law prevented Kansas from using information on I-9 forms to prosecute three unauthorized immigrants for identity theft, with one justice perplexed by the argument that states can’t use the information and another suggesting the court should have never taken the case.
Kansas is appealing a ruling from its state high court vacating the convictions of Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara, who used stolen social security numbers to gain employment. The state justices said that the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) preempted the prosecution because of a provision in the law that says “any information contained in or appended to” the I-9 form “may not be used for purposes other than for enforcement of” the federal immigration laws. Read the full story at Law360.
Sign up for our email newsletter to stay up to date with immigration reform in the United States.
Attorneys United for a Secure America (AUSA) is a non-partisan affiliation of talented attorneys dedicated to pursuing cases that serve the national interest when it comes to immigration law.
If you are interested in joining the network, visit the AUSA website.