Legal analysis following Supreme Court arguments in Arizona v. U.S. by UH Immigration Law Professor Geoffrey Hoffman

Also policy and legislative briefing from ACLU of Texas experts

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April 23, 2012 — Following the close of arguments Wednesday, April 25, when the U.S. Supreme Court reviews Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, reporters and editors are invited to hear instant analysis by University of Houston Law Center professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman and to participate in Q&A.

The briefing will also include remarks by ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke as well as Advocacy and Policy Counsel Krystal Gomez. The briefing will be available live online at http://www.livestream.com/aclutx.

When: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Where: 1500 McGowen (at La Branch) Suite 250, Houston 77004
RSVP: (713) 942-8146 x 103 or dgriffith@aclutx.org
Who:  Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor and Faculty Supervisor of the UH Immigration Clinic. Hoffman specializes in immigration-related federal court litigation and deportation defense before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), asylum cases, adjustments, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Terri Burke, Executive Director ACLU of Texas
Krystal Gomez, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, Brownsville office
Why: Oral arguments in Arizona v. United States are scheduled for April 25. The case will focus on the issue of pre-emption, or whether states have the authority to make laws on federal immigration matters. Speakers will react to the legal arguments heard by the Court and discuss implications of the case in Texas given the nation’s changing demographics and the enhanced likelihood for racial profiling.
The case focuses on the federal government’s challenge of the Arizona law. The ACLU and its coalition partners also have legal challenges in Arizona as well as every state that has passed an anti-immigrant law – Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. After contentious debate, the Texas Legislature failed to pass a similar law in Texas.
Contact:  Dotty Griffith, Public Education Director, ACLU Foundation of Texas (713) 942-8146 x 103 or (832) 291-4776; dgriffith@aclutx.org

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