Court delivers setback for illegal immigration advocacy group


a setback in Arizona for illegal immigration advocacy groupAn Arizona jury has rejected the claims brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund against an Arizona rancher who detained 20 illegal aliens on his property in 2004.

The plaintiffs alleged that Roger Barnett and his wife Barbara, who operate the Cross Rail Ranch near the Mexican border, violated their civil rights by detaining them, but the jury disagreed.

"For years, MALDEF and other illegal alien advocacy groups have threatened local governments and individual citizens with lawsuits to intimidate them from protecting their communities and property," says Michael Hethmon, a co-counsel for the Barnetts.

He adds that "the Barnett family are Americans who refused to be intimidated," and that the Immigration Reform Law Institute is proud to have represented them as they sought to "defend their right to protect their homes and safety."

IRLI is the legal defense and education arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there were almost 12 million undocumented foreigners living in the United States in January 2007.

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