SCOTUS to review 2007 Arizona law

illegal_immigrants_road_signThe U.S. Supreme Court will review a 2007 Arizona immigration law that punishes employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.  The Justice Department says the law violates a federal law barring states from imposing penalties on those who employ people not in the country legally.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says the case is significant in that it tests whether such local measures can supersede federal immigration policy in regulating the employment of aliens.

“The case reflects the far-reaching consequences of states like Arizona ‘taking matters into their own hands,’ as the petition is jointly filed by private business, public, civil rights and immigration groups that rarely agree on immigration issues.”

Contact Susan Akram, 617-358-3060, smakram@bu.edu

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