Supreme Court's split decision on Arizona's anti-immigration law highlights the urgent need for comprehensive federal immigration reform, says Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of the anti-illegal immigration Arizona Senate Bill 1070. These provisions include: one in which legal immigrants must have registration documents on their person at all times; one that permits state police to arrest any individual they deem to be an illegal immigrant; and one that forbids any illegal immigrant to seek, or hold, employment in the United States. However, the court upheld the controversial "show me your papers" provision, which authorizes police to confirm the immigration status of an individual that they have stopped, detained or arrested, if they have reason to suspect that the individual might be in the country illegally.
"While the Supreme Court declared haphazard state immigration laws are unacceptable, the court allowed the possibility for the 'show me your papers' provision to have a discriminatory impact," said Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Associations (AILA) and of the Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group. Wolfsdorf continued, "The court's decision to sustain the racial profiling provision still leaves the door open for state interference in immigration policy."
"Congress must now move forward with a comprehensive solution that meets the nation's need for rational immigration policy," said Wolfsdorf, who was named the 2012 Global Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year by Who's Who Legal. Wolfsdorf was recently selected as one of the "Nation's 'Top' Employment Attorneys – Immigration" by Human Resources Executive magazine. "I am optimistic the Supreme Court's split decision will provide a solution to the tumultuous immigration system by affirming federal preemption of immigration law," said Wolfsdorf. "The Supreme Court's decision will affect others states that will be reminded, in accordance with the Supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, that immigration is a federal matter. "The implementation and protection of an effective federal immigration system is of the utmost importance to our nation and economy," Wolfsdorf concluded.
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June 26, 2012
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