• U.S. Supreme Court's Final Say on Arizona's Immigration Employer Sanctions Law
  • June 2, 2011 | Author: Mahsa Aliaskari
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Santa Monica Office
  • Arizona initiated state-led immigration enforcement measures in 2008 with a law mandating the use of Everify and establishing licensing penalties for employers who hire unauthorized workers. On May 26, 2011, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. Divided across what appeared to be party lines, the Supreme Court’s majority noted that employers who act in good faith will not be impacted by the law’s licensing provisions because those sanctions are limited to employers who knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized workers. With the Supreme Court’s final say, Arizona and many other states and localities following in Arizona’s footsteps were vindicated. With this win, Arizona and states like Arizona will continue on a path to what they believe will ensure increased enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and stem the flow of undocumented workers into the U.S.