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Court to Consider Preemption of Arizona Immigration Law

On the same day the controversial Arizona Immigration Law went into effect, the Supreme Court granted cert in Candelaria v. Chamber of Commerce — a case that raises the issue whether federal law preempts Arizona’s existing Legal Arizona Workers Act (“LAWA”). That law – like its federal counterpart the Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRAC”) – prohibits employers from hiring undocumented workers. Unlike IRAC, the Arizona bill imposes a corporate “death penalty” on any employer that twice violates the Act’s provisions, a penalty Arizona lawmakers hoped would exempt the Act from preemption by bringing it within a “licensing” exception to IRAC’s otherwise exclusive provisions.

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