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May 26, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Finds in Favor of Immigration Enforcement

by Bob Dane

Today's Supreme Court decision in favor of Arizona's mandatory E-Verify law marks a huge victory for immigration enforcement. The Supreme Court has affirmed that states can cooperate in the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration laws.

Then-Governor Janet Napolitano signed the Legal Arizona Workers Act in 2007. Since then, the Chamber of Commerce, the ACLU, and other open border-amnesty advocates have fought furiously - and unsuccessfully - at every level of the judicial system to prevent its implementation.

In this decisive 5 to 3 victory, the Supreme Court slams every argument presented by the Chamber and the Obama administration against Arizona's mandatory E-Verify and licensing sanctions for the employers of illegal aliens.

Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said, "today's decision not only clarifies that states may require employers to verify employment status, and sanction them if they knowingly violate the law, but also empowers the states to do so. The Supreme Court has dealt a major game-changing blow to special interests that have used federal preemption claims to impede meaningful immigration enforcement at the local level."

FAIR and the Immigration Reform Law Institute are proud to have been a part of this landmark legislation and are pleased with Supreme Court's support. Dozens of other states considering mandatory E-Verify laws now have a green light to proceed and can do so with the confidence that they are working within a legal framework on behalf of their citizens."

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