Legal News

Arizona Immigration Law Targeting Day Laborers Blocked by Appeals Court
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Monday, in a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found a controversial portion of the Arizona immigration law that targeted day laborers to be unconstitutional, and upheld a February 2012 decision of a district judge to block the law.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has already struck down most of the Arizona immigration law launched in 2010 by Governor Jan Brewer last year, parts of the law continued to exist and confuse people. The matter in the Supreme Court had primarily been fought over the jurisdiction of federal government to control immigration, and to what extent an individual state may impose its own rules.

The section concerned in the instant case made it a crime if a motorist stopped to hire a day laborer and traffic was blocked. The section also prohibited any day laborer from entering a car that is obstructing traffic.

  
What
Where


The Ninth Circuit held the law exceeded the scope of state authority in restricting commercial free speech rights.

Attorneys for the state argued that the state’s sole intention was to promote traffic safety, but the Ninth Circuit did not buy the argument and observed the law was “motivated by a desire to eliminate the livelihoods of undocumented immigrants.” The opinion added, “Laws that limit commercial speech must not be more extensive than necessary to serve a substantial government interest.”

Governor Jan Brewer’s spokesman, Matthew Benson, said the governor is discussing the possibility of appeal and that “this is an important tool to give law enforcement.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and whose group was co-counsel in the matter, told the media, “It is fundamentally wrong to criminalize work, to criminalize people who are looking for work to feed their loved ones.”





 

RELEVANT JOBS

Paralegal

USA-CA-Rancho Cucamonga

Paralegal position available at a general practice law firm in Rancho Cucamonga. We are looking for ...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

USA-VA-Vienna

Description A small, highly respected family law firm located in Tyson\'s Corner, Virginia seeks ...

Apply now

LITIGATION ATTORNEY (PL/BL 5-8)

USA-CA-San Diego

Experienced civil litigation attorney with 5-8 years of experience to handle complex and business li...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Qualifications Experience: Paralegal, 5 years (Preferred) Full Job De...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Environmental And Land Use Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of a BCG Attorney Search top ranked law firm seeks Environmental and Land Use A...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-UT-Saint George

St. George office of our client seeks Litigation Associate Attorney with 1 year of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Partner-level Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of our client seeks Partner-level Associate Attorney with 18 years of litigatio...

Apply Now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top