High Court Backs State Prosecution of Immigrants
Immigration Partner Leon Fresco participated in a Bloomberg Law podcast discussion of immigration cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, including a ruling that bolstered states' power to prosecute undocumented immigrants. The central question in the case was whether a state was prosecuting an individual for lying on a tax form or on an I-9 form. In a 5-4 ruling, the court found that the prosecution was for lying on the tax form and was therefore justified. The dissenting opinion contended the opposite, stating that the individual provided inaccurate information for immigration-related purposes, which would make the state's prosecution invalid under Arizona v. United States. Mr. Fresco analyzes the decision and its implications.