Groups share positions with U.S. Supreme Court in advance of SB 1070 case

March 26, 2012

Business organizations have filed a brief with the US Supreme Court in opposition to Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, both sides are getting ready for an April hearing in Washington DC.

Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform Todd Landfried (left) and Sheridan Bailey of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform speak Monday after filing an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Peter O'Dowd - KJZZ)


PETER O’DOWD: Interested parties not directly involved with a case commonly file briefs with the Supreme Court before the case is heard. On Monday, a group of business organizations outlined its legal arguments against SB 1070. Todd Landfried, who represents Arizona Employers For Immigration Reform, focused on the economic burden. He said the law has hurt Arizona’s economy because many illegal immigrants have left the job market.

TODD LANDFRIED: Have some of them moved to other states? Of course. But there are a lot of people who have stayed. We’ve pushed them into an underground cash economy.

O’DOWD: The brief argues that SB 1070 has actually hampered interstate commerce. But supporters, who have filed briefs of their own, say the 2010 law stems the expense of illegal immigrants using public services in Arizona. The Supreme Court will hear the case April 25.