U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton today ruled parts of Arizona’s immigration law to be illegal. Illegals’ advocates and activists hailed the ruling. Arizona Governor Brewer vowed to appeal.
Bolton is a Clinton-era appointee. Her opinion ruled against parts of the law, and kept others in place. She rules that immigrants need not carry their papers at all times, and that they don’t need to prove their status when applying for a job.
She let stand the prohibition against hiring on the street corner.
I see two problems with this. The first is in what she let stand. In effect, she said it’s illegal to hire someone for day labor. Papers or not, she says I can’t hire my neighbor to come help fix my fence, my kitchen or my garden, unless he’s got a contractor or business license.
She said that when I do some writing for a local business, I’m breaking the law, because I don’t do it enough to get a business license in their city. I report the income – paid in cash – but according to Judge Bolton, if I do it again, I’ll be breaking the law.
On the bright side, next time the police pull me over when I’m in Arizona on business, I don’t have to show them my license.