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Case Name American Friends Service Committee v. Thornburgh IM-CA-0035
Docket / Court 88-6921 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1988, the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker charitable and relief organization, filed suit U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, challenging the constitutionality of the "employer sanction" provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 8 U.S.C. § ... read more >
In 1988, the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker charitable and relief organization, filed suit U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, challenging the constitutionality of the "employer sanction" provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 8 U.S.C. § 1324a. That provision made it unlawful to employ a person known to be an alien that was not authorized to work in the U.S or to fail to verify whether such employment authorization existed. Defendant moved for dismissal of the case.

On August 23, 1989, the District Court (Judge James M. Idelman) granted the defendant's motion and dismissed the case for failure to state a claim. American Friends Service v. Thornburgh 718 F.Supp 820, 823 (C.D. Cal. 1989). Plaintiffs appealed. The Ninth Circuit (Judge Canby) affirmed. American Friends Service v. Thornburgh, 961 F.2d 1405 (9th Cir. 1992). Rehearing en banc was denied.

Brian Ponton - 08/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Employer sanctions
Employment
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description American Friend Service Committee, a Quaker religious organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1992
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 08/23/1987 (718 F.Supp. 820) (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0035-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 08/02/1991 (941 F.2d 808)
IM-CA-0035-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 12/18/1991 (951 F.2d 957)
IM-CA-0035-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Opinion 04/20/1992 (961 F.2d 1405)
IM-CA-0035-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Judges Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0035-0002 | IM-CA-0035-0003 | IM-CA-0035-0004
Ideman, James M. (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Holguín, Carlos R. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0001 | IM-CA-0035-0002 | IM-CA-0035-0003 | IM-CA-0035-0004
Hunt, Alan Reeve (Pennsylvania)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Schey, Peter A. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Bolton, John R. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Bonner, Robert C. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Brosio, Frederick M. Jr. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Hussey, Thomas W. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Johnson, Michael C. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Valentine, Steven R. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0035-0001 | IM-CA-0035-0002 | IM-CA-0035-0003 | IM-CA-0035-0004
Wendtland, Linda S. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0035-0001
Other Lawyers Jenness, Evan A. (California)
IM-CA-0035-0002 | IM-CA-0035-0003 | IM-CA-0035-0004

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