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The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in the case of Arizona v. United States, the Obama Administration’s challenge to Arizona’s landmark cooperative immigration enforcement law, known nationally as SB 1070. The high court’s December 12, 2011 decision to accept review is another favorable development in IRLI’s campaign to defend the constitutional authority of states to cooperatively enforce federal immigration laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court will meet later this week to decide whether to hear Arizona's case with the Department of Justice over its stringent anti-immigration law. Gov. Jan Brewer petitioned the high court in August to take its case in an effort to get an early injunction blocking the law's more onerous provisions overturned. Several years ago, states never attempted to pass such tough immigration laws.
A year-old decision by the Labor Department to discontinue certain citizenship checks on employees of federal contractors is drawing fire from immigration reform groups, who view it as government "shirking" its responsibility to curb hiring of illegal workers. At issue is whether the Labor office that monitors contractor compliance with antidiscrimination laws can leave it to the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau to verify worker's immigration status. Read the full story by Charles S. Clark.
The champions of Alabama’s far-reaching immigration law have said that it is intended to drive illegal immigrants from the state by making every aspect of their life difficult. But they have taken a very different tone when it comes to the part of the law concerning schools. Read the full story by Campbell Robertson.