Ariz. law is best on immigration


The Supreme Court struck a big blow for immigration control last month by reaffirming the Legal Arizona Workers Act — which I wrote — and establishing a state’s right to enforce laws against employers of illegal immigrants.

The plaintiff against Arizona was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed every attempt at immigration enforcement at the state and national level for decades.

The chamber lobbied against the act while it was in the legislature. Then they teamed up with the ACLU to sue us. Now, the chamber is supporting an ostensibly anti-illegal immigration bill, called the Legal Workforce Act in Washington, which Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced.

At first glance, this looks like a smart bill. It mandates E-Verify for all employers, to keep them from hiring illegal immigrants nationwide. The system has been improved to prevent Social Security fraud and identity theft, and it increases the fines against all employers.

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