WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is entering the nation's charged debate over immigration, agreeing to hear a challenge from business and civil liberties groups to an Arizona law that cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers.
The justices on Monday accepted an appeal from the Chamber of Commerce, American Civil Liberties Union and others to a lower court ruling that upheld Arizona's law.
are increasingly protecting the victims of human trafficking and punishing
employers and others who coerce immigrants to perform labor under threat.
In 2006, Colorado enacted SB 06S-005, and in 2007, Virginia enacted a
similar bill, HB
make it a felony to coerce labor by threatening to destroy documents
relating to a person's immigration status or by threatening to notify law
enforcement that a person is in violation of federal immigration
2008, anti-trafficking laws were passed in Maine (LD
461), New Mexico (SB
71), Oklahoma (HB
1021), Utah (HB 339,
81), Tennessee (HB 71), and Missouri (comprehensive
anti-immigrant bill HB
Instead of allowing the right-wing to scapegoat undocumented immigrant
workers, Progressive States Network will be working with progressive
leaders across the country to introduce wage enforcement laws that
emphasize that native and immigrant workers both suffer under illegal
working conditions. See State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2009 for the full range of immigration policies Progressive States Network is supporting in upcoming legislative sessions.