Arizona’s immigration controversy is again at the doorstep of the Supreme Court. On December 8, the Supreme court will hear arguments for and against the Arizona Law that requires Arizona businesses to use a federal database for checking workers immigration status and also revokes the business license of those who hire undocumented workers.
On one side of the debate are organizations such as the ACLU who takes the stance that it is unconstitutional, stating, “That the Arizona statute is pre-empted by federal law and therefore unconstitutional.” Their view is that companies will in fear of the penalties, which are like business death, not hire anyone who may raise the suspicion of being illegal thus making legal immigrants and many minority citizens at a disadvantage. In the statement of Omar Jadwat on the ACLU website he states” Employers would simply avoid hiring those perceived as possibly “foreign” once the employer sanctions scheme took effect”
On the other side of the fence are those that are pointing out the fact that Federal Law states that the individual states have the right to regulate employment through licensing laws. On harlaninstitute.org Respondent Michael B. Whiting states “Because the Arizona law only revokes the business licenses of employers who violate its terms, the court concluded that it is a licensing law and therefore permissible.”
It has been since1986 when the Federal Government passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The federal government has had over 20 years to solve the issue and have not. Instead of working on the actual problem of improving processes such as citizenship and work visas they tie the hands of the individual states in dealing with the problems which they themselves caused.
There would be no issue if the parties in question were able to obtain citizenship in a reasonable amount of time. “The overall approval process can last several months or years.” Charlie Rainer Gaston at ehow.com . The unsaid main two issues are unfair treatment of the worker and un-collectable taxes. If a worker is legal they are now protected under the same rights as every other citizen and as citizens they are paying their taxes. In not taking care of this their self made responsibilty in a timely manner the federal government has allowed it to grow and become worse. People are being unfairly treated and taxes are not being collected and thus not going toward worthy causes such as education and health care.
Arizona is attempting to pick up the slack left by her absentee father the federal Government. As any child attempting to do her parents job it is not going smoothly. Unfortunately this is not some fictitious job these are peoples lives and until the root issue is addressed the “Immigration Problem” will only continue to grow.