The U.S. Supreme Court has decided against hearing cases concerning ordinances that federal courts had annulled. Two municipalities had previously passed the laws in the apparent attempt to deal with what these localities felt were problems popping up due to immigration issues.
One of the localities enacted a regulation that would punish landlords for renting out homes to undocumented immigrants. It also required that tenants or renters provide identification allowing authorities to verify their immigration status. An ordinance from a second community would have inflicted penalties upon employers who knowingly hired undocumented immigrants.
A variety of groups joined together to challenge these ordinances in two separate cases. This would have included employers, tenants and workers. In both cases the municipalities lost. Though the municipalities then petitioned the Supreme Court to review these matters, the court declined to provide these matters another hearing.
We already know that family members of the immigrants will suffer if the immigrant cannot obtain a job. Families may go without or be forced to split up due to economic hardship.
However, this matter demonstrates that immigration issues often involve more than just the immigrants or their families. Employers may be dependent upon these individuals to help them earn a livelihood. Landlords may be dependent upon immigrants to occupy their premises.
Employment-based immigration attorneys will do what they can to help immigrant families out and make certain the laws do not place hardship upon them. Attorneys can also demonstrate in court the positive contributions that immigrants can make in California and across the country if they are allowed to stay.
Source: Global Post, "Supreme Court won't hear appeals of rulings against anti-immigrant laws," March 3, 2014