MALDEF in the News

Jun 14, 2010   Arizona Immigration Law Creates Uncertain Role For School Police

Education Week

Thomas A. Saenz, the president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the Arizona law signals that, “for the first time, there would be immigration enforcement in schools, which has always been against federal policy.”

Jun 14, 2010   Federal appellate court upholds ban on day laborers

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Attorneys from Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and other immigrant-rights groups have said not so fast. They say ordinances that ban laborers from seeking work are not only cruel, they are unconstitutional. "These ordinances are completely unnecessary and are really about criminalizing day laborer free speech. They are standing in a public venue and expressing their need to work and their availability for work," MALDEF staff attorney Gladys Limon said.

Jun 10, 2010   Appeals Court: California city's job solicitation law aimed at day laborers is constitutional

Associated Press

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, known as MALDEF, which sued the city, said it would ask a 15-judge panel of the same court to reconsider the decision. "Free speech is a paramount constitutional right that belongs to a hardworking day laborer as much as a mega-corporation or the most well-heeled candidate for high public office," said MALDEF president Thomas Saenz.

Jun 7, 2010   Showdown in Arizona


Obama, as is his wont, is mulling what to do. He could pledge not to cooperate, meaning he would direct the feds not to deport any illegals that Arizona rounds up. “That would, in effect, kill the law,” says Thomas A. Saenz of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund. (A coalition of civil-rights and Hispanic groups has filed suit against the law in a Phoenix federal court, and they were planning last week to ask for a preliminary injunction. The Justice Department is “considering” its options, say two White House officials who didn’t want to be named discussing legal strategy.) Or Obama could push fellow Democrats in Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration-reform bill, which would include a path to citizenship for millions of un-documented aliens.

Jun 7, 2010   Measuring SB 1070's Nationwide Detriment to Law and Order

The Huffington Post

In a legislative journey full of contradictions, perhaps the greatest irony surrounding the enactment of Arizona's SB 1070 is that the law was championed by elected officials who purport to be supporters of law and order. In fact, the new law presents a serious threat to public safety, not just in Arizona, but nationwide. As many have noted, including experienced law enforcement leaders, requiring police officers to enforce immigration laws will lead many victims and witnesses of crime to refrain from approaching the police with critical information. Indeed, some victims and witnesses may flee rather than cooperate with police as a result of the fear that SB 1070 will engender among immigrants and others likely to risk detention and arrest under SB 1070 due to a police officer's "reasonable suspicion" that they are undocumented.

Jun 1, 2010   About 650 portable classrooms in Dallas ISD lack fire alarms

The Dallas Morning News

Most students in Dallas ISD are low-income and Latino, and David Hinojosa, senior litigator at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called the fire alarm situation in portables "a sad state of affairs." He wondered why the district couldn't find the money to address the problem, and raised questions about the role of the Dallas fire department, which "maybe isn't enforcing its own laws.

Jan 15, 2010   Leading Latino Legal Civil Rights Organization Convenes 3rd Annual Latino State of the Union, Outlines 2010 Public Policy Priorities

FOX Business

The nation's leading Latino scholars and advocates will discuss the major policy initiatives facing the Latino community in 2010. Among the participants will be Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Dr. Gabriela Lemus, Director, Office of Public Engagement U.S. Department of Labor (Invited), and Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center.

Jan 14, 2010   TX Governor puts the needs of state's Latino students behind his power-play of party politics

Latina Lista

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) issued a press release today denouncing Perry's decision: "It is extremely disappointing that politics will stand in the way of securing funds to address critical shortages in meeting the educational needs of students who most need the help."

Jan 14, 2010   Empleados de auto lavados en Los Ángeles denuncian pobres condiciones laborales


El alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa abrió la sesión invitando a los participantes a exponer sus inquietudes y quejas ante la junta conformada -entre otros- por el arzobispo de L.A., cardenal Roger Mahony; Marielena Hincapié, del Centro Nacional de Leyes de Inmigración; la ex asambleísta Jackie Goldberg; el concejal Ed Reyes y Thomas Sáenz del Fondo México Americano para la Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF).

Jan 13, 2010   Aumenta registro de latinos

Al Dia Texas

El SVRP ayuda a registrar a cualquier ciudadano para votar, pero se enfoca principalmente en los latinos. La iniciativa es parte del esfuerzo de activistas hispanos de derechos civiles y sus coordinadores trabajan de cerca con organizaciones como Lulac y el Fondo México-Americano para la Educación y Defensa Legal (Maldef).

Jan 11, 2010   Mexican Officials Criticizes U.S. Hate Crimes

All Headline News

His comments won support from Hispanic leaders in the United States, who blamed U.S. immigration policy, a faltering economy and lax law enforcement for promoting hate crimes. "The current [immigration] system does not meet the realistic needs of our economy," said Gladys Limon, staff attorney for the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Jan 7, 2010   Texas reinstala requisitos para conductores inmigrantes


El Fondo para la Defensa Legal y la Educación del México Americano (Maldef), uno de los grupos que apoyó a los inmigrantes en su demanda, explicó que la Corte de Apelaciones levantó la suspensión al no encontrar 'daño inminente' que impida aplicar los requerimientos.

Jan 6, 2010   Accurate census count important for economic future of West Texas

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The U.S. Census Bureau will have a hard time counting all residents because a small percentage of people, particularly in rural or impoverished areas, are difficult to account for. "It will be of paramount importance to count everyone," said Anna Alicia Romero of the San Antonio-based regional office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Jan 5, 2010   El Censo marcha sobre ruedas

La Opinión

Esta campaña educativa marcó además un conteo regresivo de 90 días de una actividad que determina el número de representantes políticos por cada región o los recursos destinados para programas sociales. "No hay un asunto de derechos civiles más importante que asegurar ser contados en el Censo", señaló Thomas A. Saenz, asesor general del Fondo Mexicoamericano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF).

Jan 4, 2010   Census drive begins in Los Angeles

LA Daily News

Thomas Saenz, head of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund offices in Los Angeles, said it was important for all to be counted. "As we begin 2010, there is no more important civil rights issue," Saenz said. "There are those from outside this region who look at our power and want us discounted. If you look at schools or housing, or transportation or parks or senior centers, if you care about any of those things, you should be counted."

Dec 31, 2009   Bid to stop limits on immigrant driver's licenses rejected

Austin American-Statesman

The appeals court ruled against a request for a temporary injunction against the DPS. The case now returns to district court to be tried. "This is a setback, but it is not the end of the case," said David Hinojosa, an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund , which represents the plaintiffs.

Dec 31, 2009   Shenandoah beating trial dominates 2009's news

Republican Herald

Civil rights organizations, like the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Anti-Defamation League, as well as state politicians, including Gov. Ed Rendell and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, criticized the outcome of the trial and called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue its own investigation.

Dec 30, 2009   Rising property values fueled Dallas ISD's first 'Robin Hood' payment in 2008-09

Dallas Morning News

David Hinojosa, a senior litigator at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, agrees, saying lawmakers have continued to tweak funding formulas, creating loopholes that benefit some districts over others. Dallas has benefited from such loopholes, he said. "It was somewhat successful in the beginning," Hinojosa said of Robin Hood. "But as the years have passed, more little political games have been played, and so the equity has been watered down."

Dec 28, 2009   Immigration reform facing long odds

Houston Chronicle

Latino civil rights groups are pushing the White House to move quickly and aggressively, arguing that a promise is a promise. “After being on our national agenda for a decade, comprehensive immigration reform's time has come,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Dec 22, 2009   Teens Denied Bail in Pa. Hate Crimes Case

CBS News

A federal judge denied bail Tuesday for two Pennsylvania teens who pleaded not guilty to a hate crime charge in the death of a Mexican immigrant, noting that one defendant is accused of kicking the victim in the head "as if you were kicking a field goal."

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