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On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision regarding Arizona’s 2010 immigration law, Senate Bill (SB) 1070. The court made clear that the federal government sets immigration policy and states will not be allowed to preempt federal powers.
States may, however, continue to require businesses to register for and use E-Verify. Recent debate makes it clear that neither U.S. Congress nor states will be allowed to ignore immigration issues.
In its decision, the Supreme Court recognized the challenges that Arizona faces as a result of undocumented workers. The court made it clear, however, that Arizona could not preempt federal law. The court struck down Section 3 of the Arizona law, which made it a crime for an individual to fail to apply for and carry proper immigration documentation showing lawful status.
The court also struck down Section 5, which made it illegal for an undocumented individual to apply for and perform work, and Section 6, which authorized the warrantless arrest of individuals where there is probable cause to believe the person has committed a public offense that makes the person removable from the United States.Continue Reading...