From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
Date: Thursday 26MAY2011 10:30 a.m. EDT
HUGE E-VERIFY VICTORY
IN U.S. SUPREME COURT
Arizona's Mandatory E-Verify Law Upheld, Opening Way For All States To Pass Their Own
SUPREME COURT REJECTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ATTEMPTS TO PROTECT ILLEGAL WORKERS & THEIR EMPLOYERS
Business Lobbyists Now Under Great Pressure To Support National E-Verify Law This Summer To Have Uniform Rules Countrywide
The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, 09-115.
Of all the open-border groups' court challenges against immigration enforcement across the country, this suit before the U.S. Supreme Court (that was heard last December) was/is by far the most important.
AND WE WON IT 5-3!
Nothing will do more to retard future illegal immigration and accelerate the departure of the current illegal population than taking away the job magnet.
Arizona and more than a dozen other states have already passed various versions of E-Verify law. All of those could have been wiped out when the Supreme Court announced its decision this morning.
But instead, our strategy of mandating E-Verify in as many states as possible to pressure Congress to do it nationwide has been approved by the highest court of the land.
NumbersUSA's AMICUS BRIEF WAS PART OF THIS COURT CASE
You may remember that as soon as the Supreme Court began business last fall NumbersUSA filed an Amicus brief in support of the State of Arizona making sure that the Justices and their clerks were aware of a number of important legal and factual points that we weren't certain were in the main briefs. (You can read a lot of our Amicus language by looking for my blogs on the subject on our website.)
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I will pause just for these two paragraphs to note that just before the Supreme Court announcement Jim Robb sent you our monthly end-of-month email giving you an opportunity to help us meet our monthly budget obligations so we can always be in the middle of fights that most matter.
Please read that email which is all about the E-Verify fight in Congress. And please click here to make a donation if you have never done so -- or haven't made one in awhile. Thanks to all of you who believe in our mutual cause and back up that belief with your time, your actions and your financial support. http://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/make-donation.html
RULING GIVES HUGE BOOST TO EFFORTS
TO PASS E-VERIFY BILL IN CONGRESS THIS SUMMER
Lobbyists for business groups and illegal-alien advocacy groups have blocked Congress from passing a national mandatory law since 1996.
NumbersUSA and its allies have fought every year to win incremental victories. First, to create the workplace verification system as a pilot program for just a few states. Later, to expand the voluntary system nationwide. Most recently to persuade Pres. Obama to mandate its use for all federal contractors.
If the Supreme Court had knocked us down today, the business lobbies would have looked out over a whole nation without any states requring employers to electronically verify that they weren't hiring illegal foreign workers. And they would have felt little pressure to do anything other than they've always done, which is to throw all their weight in Congress toward protecting employers that prefer to hire illegal aliens over unemployed Americans.
But not now.
With more than a dozen states with different E-Verify laws and different rules for businesses -- and with the Supreme Court opening the way for all other states to adopt their own rules -- the business lobbies will get a lot of pressure from their members to back a uniform national law.
Many businesses that operate in multiple states are already complaining to their lobbyists that they don't like operating under all the different rules and would prefer a national law.
The Supreme Court today added a whole lot more oomph to that pressure on business lobbyists to join us in a national law requiring a system that the businesses already using it praise as one of the most effective and easiest programs of the federal government.
MORE ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING
The key issue in the court case was whether Arizona could take away the business license of an employer who refuses to use E-Verify.
The NumbersUSA Amicus went into great detail in showing that such a state law is precisely what Congress has set up as a state enforcement option over the last 25 years.
The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts who said that Arizona's E-Verify law "falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states."
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. (The newest Justice, Elena Kagan, was not involved in this case because she had been part of Pres. Obama's support of the Chamber of Commerce before she was elected to the Court.)
Please keep opening our email Alerts and joining with your fellow citizens in considering all the actions we will be offering you the next weeks to get a vote on E-Verify on the House floor this summer and in the Senate by fall.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THE EFFORTS TO MOVE THIS E-VERIFY ISSUE FORWARD,
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