Monday, October 11, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Two Immigration-Related Cases This 2010 Term ("Flores-Villar v. U.S." and "Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. v. Whiting")

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two immigration-related cases this year.  The first case is Flores-Villar v. United States and it is scheduled to be heard on November 10, 2010.  The issue in that case is whether a gender and time differentiation of U.S. citizen parents before children born overseas can obtain U.S. citizenship violates the Equal Protection Clause.   The second case, scheduled to be heard on December 8, 2010, is Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting. The issue in that case is whether provisions of Arizona state law aimed at combating the hiring of undocumented workers are preempted by federal immigration laws.  You can review the Merit and Amicus briefs submitted for both of these cases, and all other cases for this 2010 Term, by visiting the American Bar Association's "Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases" page. 

Several months ago I posted an entry about my visit to the U.S. Supreme Court with my teenage son.  We had a good time and I encourage readers who have never visited the Court personally, to make it a goal to do so this year. You will find useful information about the U.S. Supreme Court and the cases it will hear this year on the U.S. Supreme Court's website, including their Visitor's Guide to Oral Argument and the U.S. Supreme Court Calendar.  You can also read the biographies of current Justices and a brief overview of the Supreme Court.  Plan your visit well and be there early - lines can get really long, really soon.