Governor says state won’t rest until federal government secures the border and enforces federal immigration laws.
In a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the legality of an Arizona law requiring all employers in the state to use E-Verify, the federal electronic system that checks job candidates’ immigration status.
The court also upheld the state’s law revoking the licenses of businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
"I could not be more gratified by today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the legality of the Legal Arizona Workers Act and the principle of federalism, more generally," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. "Despite the Obama Administration’s opposition at the U.S. Supreme Court, Arizona and all states are now free to take down the ‘Help Wanted’ sign for illegal aliens in their states.
"Arizona’s employer sanctions law allows the vast majority of businesses that want to play by the rules to comply with federal and state laws against hiring illegal aliens, and seeks to punish those employers who take advantage of the federal government’s immigration failures," Brewer added. "One result of the Legal Arizona Workers Act: Arizona employers now lead the nation in the use of the federal E-Verify system for determining the legal status of new employees.
While Arizona’s SB 1070 and the Legal Arizona Workers Act are different laws, Brewer said she is hopeful and optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona’s future appeal of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision against SB 1070 "and apply the same general principle of federalism by rejecting claims of federal preemption. "
Governor Brewer signed the controversial SB 1070 April 23, 2010, saying the new immigration law would the state solve a crisis that the federal government has refused to fix. The law requires anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card, or other proof of citizenship such as a passport or Arizona driver's license.
"I want to assure Arizonans, and all Americans, that the State of Arizona will not rest until the federal government secures our border and enforces federal immigration laws," Brewer said today.