U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law – Summary and Background Information*

June 25, 2012

We have been following the infamous Arizona immigration law, as well as similar immigration laws in other states, closely. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions in the controversial Arizona immigration law.  However, the most controversial element of the law, which requires police officers to review a person’s immigration status if…

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Supreme Court Decision Looms over State Lawmakers

April 5, 2012

As reported previously on our blog, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear Arizona v. U.S. with a decision expected in June. The decision will impact a number of similar laws enacted by states, which all target illegal immigration. According to a report by USA Today, a number of states have seen similar legislative…

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Arizona Rethinks Immigration Policy: it’s the Economy, Stupid!

February 20, 2012

Arizona, once a trailblazer in cracking down on illegal immigration, is rethinking its ways. While a number of states jumped on the Arizona bandwagon and copied the state’s illegal immigration laws in an effort to reduce their unemployment rate and rev up the local economy, it’s becoming clear that the laws’ unintended consequences, in particular…

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Alabama Cracks Down on (Illegal) Immigration

November 29, 2011

In the past we reported about controversial immigration laws in Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina. Another state cracking down on illegal immigration is Alabama. Last weeks arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive by Tuscaloosa police for driving without identification required by the law raises the question, however, whether such laws hurt hurt economic development of…

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Georgia House Passes Arizona-style Immigration Bill

April 19, 2011

An Arizona-style immigration bill passed in the Georgia House by a vote of 112 to 59 last Thursday. Following the passage of the controversial bill, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said he would sign such a bill into law. The passage of such a law would throw Georgia into the center of the national debate over…

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