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Supreme Court strikes down most of Arizona SB 1070

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona SB 1070, the controversial bill that attempted to supplement federal immigration law with state-level enforcement measures.

In the long-awaited ruling, the court found three of the law’s four major provisions to be in conflict with existing federal law, and therefore null and void. A fourth provision — the “papers, please” rule — is considered to be on thin legal ice with a majority of the justices. The decision affirmed a principle that the Oregon Association of Nurseries has maintained all along — that immigration is a federal matter, and that a patchwork of state and local laws is neither legal, nor is it a viable solution.

“The Supreme Court’s decision demonstrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level,” Executive Director Jeff Stone said. “A truly comprehensive bill must include four things: border security, strong employer guidelines, status adjustments for those who are currently undocumented in the country, and a workable system to provide a future flow of workers when the economy begins to recover.”

Other states, such as Alabama and Georgia, have also attempted to undermine federal immigration law with rules of their own. Court challenges are pending in many of these cases. The OAN will continue to work other business groups to encourage state legislators, and our members of Congress to prevent the passage of onerous state-level immigration regulations in Oregon, while encouraging comprehensive federal reform.

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