Anti-Day Laborer Provision in Arizona’s SB 1070 Blocked

Last week's Supreme Court victory is already impacting immigrant workers' rights.

By Julianne Hing Feb 29, 2012

Just a week after the Supreme Court [handed a major victory]( to day laborers, other courts are heeding the high court’s guidance, and blocking anti-day laborer provisions from being enforced. Today, a federal court enjoined provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 which barred drivers from blocking traffic and hiring people for work and forbade potential workers from entering a car if it was blocking traffic. These provisions, which were ostensibly about ensuring public safety and "protecting the aesthetics of communities," according to the law, were thinly veiled provisions designed to make a crime out of day laborers’ traditional modes of seeking work–waiting in construction store parking lots or on the sides of streets for contractors and other would-be employers to hire them.