Supreme Court Kick-starts Immigration Reform

The comprehensive immigration reform promised, yet undelivered, by Obama may have actually begun taking shape with Thursday’s Supreme Court decision. The direction it provides, however, is not one Obama will be happy with.

From the LA Times

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave Arizona and other states more authority to take action against illegal immigrants and the companies that hire them, ruling that employers who knowingly hire illegal workers can lose their license to do business.

The 5-3 decision upholds the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 and its so-called business death penalty for employers who are caught repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants. The state law also requires employers to check the federal E-Verify system before hiring new workers, a provision that was also upheld Thursday.

Thursday’s decision is a defeat for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, several civil-rights groups and the Obama administration, all of whom opposed the Arizona law and its sanctions on employers. They argued that federal law said states may not impose “civil or criminal sanctions” on employers.

Read more here:  Supreme Court Ruling

DJH

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