The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the following case today: Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting, 09-115.
The case involves the constitutionality of an Arizona state law that requires employers to check the immigration status of job applicants through a federal computer database, despite the fact that the federal law makes such checks voluntary. The Arizona law provides for the revocation of the business license of state companies that hire undocumented workers. The question presented is whether these provisions in the Arizona State law are pre-empted by federal immigration laws.
The following resources on this case are provided by SCOTUS Blog:
- Argument preview: Assessing an Arizona immigration law
- Argument preview: State power over aliens
- Analysis: Tobacco case ends
Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
- Brief for Respondents Michael Whiting et al.
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
- Brief for the National Immigrant Justice Center, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Immigration Council in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Asian American Justice Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the Asian American Institute, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, Latinojustice PRLDEF, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, National Council of La Raza, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Employment Law Project, Southern Poverty Law Center in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Service Employees International Union in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for Representative Romano L. Mazzoli, Senator Arlen Specter, and Representative Howard L. Berman in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for Business Organizations in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the United States of America in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Immigration Reform Law Institute in Support of Respondent
- Brief for State Senator Russell Pearce in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund in Support of Respondent