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Supreme Court 'papers please' ruling hits Arizona H-1B workers

dcblogs (1096431) writes | more than 2 years ago

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, H-1B workers are being advised to keep their papers on them. About half of all H-1B visa holders are employed in tech occupations. The court struck down several parts of Arizona's law but nonetheless left in place a core provision allowing police officers to check the immigration status of people in the state at specific times. How complicated this gets may depend on the training of the police officer, his or her knowledge of work visas, and whether an H-1B worker in the state has an Arizona's driver's license. An Arizona state driver's license provides the presumption of legal residency. Nonetheless, H-1B workers could become entangled in this law and suffer delays and even detention while local police, especially those officers and departments unfamiliar with immigration documentation."
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Why should this ruling affect common sense? (1)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 2 years ago | (#40444785)

If I were in a foreign country for any reason I would always carry some kind of proof that I was there legally.

Re:Why should this ruling affect common sense? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 2 years ago | (#40444883)

The problem is not for the immigrants legal or illegal, the problem is for the legal residents. This law seems to make it legally permissable, maybe even mandatory, for cops to screw with people who are citizens but don't carry "papers." Brown kid jaywalking - no papers, its off to jail with him until he proves his citizenship.

I haven't read detailed analysis of the ruling yet, but headline-wise it seems like they let stand the most un-constitutional part of the law and just struck down the incidentals.

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