Immigrants come forward to challenge Montana law
LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY
Eight men who entered the U.S. illegally but have since become permanent residents say a new Montana law wrongly puts them at risk of being denied services.
The men told their stories in recent sworn statements in support of a legal challenge to the law.
The law requires proof of citizenship or legal standing from any applicant for state services. It was overwhelmingly approved by Montana voters last fall.
An immigration-rights group and the state's largest labor union are asking a judge to rule it unconstitutional. They say its problems include defining "illegal alien" as someone who unlawfully entered the country.
Helena attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath (SHAH'-hid HAWK HAWS'-ruth) says that definition overlooks people like the eight men who entered the country illegally but have since received permanent residency.