Is your case stuck in administrative process? We can help you by completing this form.

Supreme Court denies appeal of immigrant who claims she was racially profiled

Spread the love

An immigrant who claims she was discriminated against by deputies filed a lawsuit against police, but today, the Supreme Court has decided they will not consider the case to much disappointment within the immigrant community who say they face discrimination and racial profiling daily.

Police detain immigrant then check for immigration status

Roxana Santos is an immigrant from El Salvador and says she was discriminated against back in 2008 when she was arrested on a civil immigration warrant. A civil immigration warrant gives Immigration officials consent to search a property according to the Fourth Amendment which prohibits any warrantless intrusions. The Constitution protects both citizens and noncitizens alike.

She was later detained and only then did police check her immigration status only because she looked Hispanic. The County argues against Santos’s claims saying she looked suspicious after she was trying to hide outside when deputies were driving past her. Furthermore, if police are prohibited from making arrests on civil warrants, this may weaken their counterterrorism efforts.

Supreme Court sends case back to U.S. Appeals Court

This case has raised the issue of discrimination against immigrants because of how they look and the stereotypes associated with an image attached to undocumented immigrants. The Supreme Court said it will not hear the county’s appeal of the ruling they made in August and the U.S. District Court will take care of further proceedings. Immigration rights groups were hoping the High Court would address local law enforcement agencies who pursue individuals who they assume are undocumented immigrants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals decision followed the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States, where the court did not explicitly say how far law enforcement may go to identify and arrest individuals whom they believed were in the U.S. illegally. The court expressed reservations, but never stated or implemented any specific restraints on law enforcement.

If you have questions regarding applying for a visa or immigration laws, contact us at 314-961-8200 or visit our contact page.

You May Also Like

How To Apply For U.S. Passport After Naturalization: A Complete Guide Spread the love Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen! As a naturalized citizen, you now have the opportunity to obtain a U.S. passport, one of the most powerful travel... VIEW POST
A Complete Guide To The U.S. Naturalization Test And Interview Spread the love Becoming a U.S. citizen is an exciting and life-changing journey. One of the key steps in this process is taking the naturalization test. This test, administered... VIEW POST
Can You Apply for Naturalization with an Expired Green Card? Spread the love A green card, known as a Permanent Resident Card, serves as evidence of your legal permanent resident status in the US. It allows you to work... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2024 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.

Answers Show
Live every week.