Today, the US Supreme Court upheld a key provision in Alabama’s immigration law–the provision allowing police to check the immigration status of persons whom they detain before releasing them. It also allows the police to stop and detain anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant. The SCOTUS blog has a great summary for more information on the ruling.
The U.S Supreme Court recently upheld an Arizona law which penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants by a vote of 5-3. Under the Arizona Law, employers are required to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system to verify the work authorization status of an employee. Employers that intentionally violate the law by knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant can lose their business license.
This ruling gives a boost to the comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed by the Alabama legislature last week. Alabama’s answer to immigration reform, also known as HB56, is now one of the strongest in the country. It aims to restore, among other things, depressed wages and lost jobs. With the backing from the Supreme Court in the Arizona case, supporters for immigration reform in Alabama are optimistic HB56 will survive a legal challenge.