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article imageFeds say federal immigration laws trump Arizona's efforts

By Jason Smith     May 29, 2010 in Politics
On Friday, the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to prevent Arizona from enforcing a law the would allow the state to punish businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
The new law set to pass on July 29 will require police to examine the immigration status of any person who is suspected of being in country illegally. This law requires another be enforced concurrently. President Obama and administration officials have said that there must be a national solution to this and should be addressed as such, as opposed to being addressed on a piecemeal basis, reports the Associated Press. As a result, the Obama administration is contemplating a court challenge.
The Associated Press has also reports that the Obama administration said federal immigration law expressly pre-empts any state law imposing sanctions on employers hiring illegal immigrants.
However, the lower courts claim that Arizona law is not pre-empted.
Acting Solicitor Neal Katyal said that the Arizona law disrupts, "a careful balance that congress struck nearly 25 years ago between two interests of the highest importance: ensuring that employers do not undermine enforcement of immigration laws by hiring unauthorized workers, while also ensuring that employers not discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities legally in the country."
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