The U.S. Supreme Court drew the line in what is and is not a state’s role in immigration enforcement in both the Legal Arizona Workers Act (Employer Sanctions) and SB1070 opinions.
That some legislators don’t see where those distinctions lie is not surprising. As Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
The simple and plain truth is that “attrition through enforcement” strategies have not only failed as public policy for years (e.g., job loss, economic damage, reputation damage, inability to attract labor, increased social service costs, etc.), they are now also unconstitutional.
We’ve tried it their way in different cities, counties and states, and it doesn’t work. It is time to hang up the “enforcement first” strategy and deal with the problem holistically and sensibly, as we should have been doing all along. The Supreme Court said the problem needs to be addressed through Congress, nowhere else.
The question we should be asking Arizona’s congressional delegation and candidates is, now that you know what doesn‘t work, what’s your solution? We hope we get an answer soon and that it isn’t more of the same. That would be a disservice to us all.
— Todd Landfried, executive director, Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform