Arizona decision unlikely to mean more immigrant workers
- June 26, 2012
- Frank Bean, sociology Chancellor's Professor and Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy director, is quoted by MSNBC June 26, 2012
The Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's immigration law may not do much to ease concerns of employers who rely on migrant workers, especially those in states that have passed similar laws. The high court Monday struck down several key parts of the Arizona law, including one making it a crime for an illegal immigrant to work or seek work in the state. But it upheld a portion allowing police officers stopping someone for another crime to check that person's immigration status.... In other states, the backlash from business, the improving economy and the fear of legal challenges has already dampened enthusiasm for such laws. In 2011, 30 states considered but didn't pass bills that would crack down on immigration, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2012, just five states introduced such bills, and none have passed yet. "I think the heat's off," said Frank Bean, director of the Center on Research, Immigration, Population and Public Policy at the University of California at Irvine.
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