Main Street Alliance urges Court to strike AZ immigration law

Some small business owners are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Arizona’s SB 1070, known as the “show me your papers” immigration law, which made its way to the Court this week for oral arguments.

The Main Street Alliance signed an amicus brief in opposition Arizona’s law, which allows police to check whether people they stop are in this country legally.

“Small businesses thrive in local communities where everyone feels welcome and appreciated – U.S.-born citizens and immigrants alike – and everyone participates in building a vibrant local economy,” said Jose Gonzalez, principal broker at Tu Casa Real Estate in Salem, Ore.

Gonzalez said the Arizona bill directly impacts small business owners, employees and the clients they serve.

“These laws create a climate of fear that erodes the basic trust that’s the foundation of small business success,” he said.

In oral arguments, both liberal and conservative justices indicated Wednesday that they may maintain a provision of the Arizona law that allows police to check the immigration status of people they stop, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Obama administration won lower court rulings that blocked Arizona’s law on the grounds that it conflicted with the federal government’s control over immigration.

David Borris, owner of Hel’s Kitchen Caterning in Northbrook, Ill., called the law a recipe for disaster for small businesses.

“The last thing I need is for my workers to be harassed on their way to and from work because of some law that legalizes discrimination against people who don’t ‘look’ or ‘sound’ like U.S. citizens,” he said.

The Court is expected rule on the case in late June.