Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just in--



Court Hears Immigration Appeal
Washington--The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the appeal of Arizona’s Employer Sanction legislation/Illegal Immigration law.

The suit was brought by diversified groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union. Earlier this year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law which prompted the appeal to the Supreme Court.

There's a new Justice on the court and Justice Kagan has recused herself because she served as the U.S. Solicitor General when the federal government sided with the challengers creating a conflict.

It's an interesting case because overturn the law, five Supreme Court Justices will have to side with the challengers – a tie vote will uphold the 9th circuit decision.

Furthermore this case could impact the 2011 Idaho Legislature because if the Arizona law is upheld, Lawmakers could see several similar pieces of legislation introduced this session, but if the Court determines that the Arizona law unconstitutional; it's unlikely that 'Arizona type' legislation could become law in the Gem State.
Source: MPI

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