I am firmly in the camp that says state sovereignty lost far more, and the Obamite nationalists won far more, in Monday’s Arizona immigration decision than a lot of initial commentary suggested. That said, it is very important that states understand they still enjoy considerable authority in the area of immigration. Hans von Spakovsky does a brilliant job explaining it this morning.
[I]n reality, most provisions of the law were upheld by the federal district court in Arizona that issued the initial injunction against the four provisions at issue before the Supreme Court. The remaining provisions will allow Arizona—and, by extension, other states—to assert some control over immigration within their borders….
[ALSO:] The Obama Administration also did not challenge amendments in S.B. 1070 to a prior Arizona law that forces employers in the state to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm the eligibility of all employees and imposes a series of penalties on employers who knowingly or intentionally employ “unauthorized aliens.” This includes suspension of the employers’ business licenses, which is a death sentence for businesses. This Arizona statute was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011 in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting and provides a much more powerful weapon in stopping employment of illegal aliens than the minor misdemeanor charge thrown out by the Court.
The whole column is well worth a read.