The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced its disappointment with the Supreme Court’s mixed decision on the Arizona immigration law known as SB1070. In its 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court essentially gutted the Arizona law by striking down three of the main provisions of the law, and that action is a major victory for the Constitution and federal supremacy in determining immigration law. The USHCC, however, participated in an amicus brief, filed by a coalition of leading Hispanic serving institutions, that called for the entire law to be struck down.
Though the decision upheld Section 2(B) of the law, the Court significantly narrowed how the law could be applied. This decision also affirmed that the “federal power to determine immigration policy is well settled.” The implications for America’s business community are clear. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, wrote, “Immigration policy can affect trade, investment, tourism, and diplomatic relations for the entire Nation, as well as the perceptions and expectations of aliens in this country who seek the full protection of the laws.”
“Arizona may have understandable frustrations with problems arising from illegal immigration, but the Arizona legislature and Governor Brewer overstepped their bounds by passing a sweeping anti-immigrant law,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “We are glad the Supreme Court shares our view.”
Palomarez continued, “SB1070 has dramatically hurt businesses in Arizona and cost the state thousands of jobs. The Hispanic-American business community will continue to fight the law until it is fully repealed.”
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.
SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce