Although this decision is narrowly tailored to employers, many are fearing that it will open the door for laws similar to SB 1070. With many other states trying to pass similar laws, it should be noted that this decision is not really welcome in the immigrant community.
This new ruling will allow Arizona to penalize businesses that are using unauthorized workers. Other States such as Indiana and Georgia have also passed draconian immigration laws. It seems that there is a trend of States taking immigration laws in their “own hands”; something that was always considered a federal prerogative.
With this new US Supreme Court 5-3 decision, we assume that we shall see other states’ legislature flooding their states with such laws.
As immigration practitioners, we think this is not the appropriate approach to immigration. Unless we see some significant reform in the immigration system, trying to punish businesses, is only going to hurt the country and its economy.
We support all the organizations that are promoting a fair outcome in immigration. We also hope that the federal government will take adequate measures to protect the rights of innocent workers and businesses.