Chicago Tribune Article – Immigrant Files Class Action Suit over U.S. gay marriage ban

A Philippine immigrant filed a lawsuit on July 12, 2012 seeking a right to stay in the United States based on her same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen.  In doing so, Plaintiffs Jane DeLeon, an immigrant from the Philippines, her son Martin Aranas, and U.S. citizen spouse Irma Rodriguez are challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  Read more here.

NYT News Analysis Regarding Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law

The Supreme Court recently struck down parts of the controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law, known as SB 1070, but upheld one of its major provisions, allowing police officers to check the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.  As some suggest, this decision has “laid the ground for years of legal and political wrangling in many states over racial profiling and civil rights, making it likely that the court will be asked to revisit immigration.” Read more here.