A federal judge on Dec. 21 shot down a second legal challenge to Arizona’s rough and tough employer sanctions hiring law scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1.

U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake’s order denied a temporary restraining order.

“While we appreciate Judge Wake’s quick action to our request, we believe this law is still unconstitutional and at some point a judge will need to rule on that point,” said Arizona Farm Bureau (AZFB) President Kevin Rogers of Mesa, Ariz. Farm Bureau is one of 12 plaintiffs that has filed legal challenges against the sanctions law.

The single effort that could keep the law from taking effect on New Year’s Day would be action by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Legal Arizona Workers Act was passed by the Arizona Legislature on July 2, 2007 and signed into law by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Under the measure, Arizona will revoke all state-issued licenses for any business convicted twice of hiring undocumented workers.

“License revocation is a euphemism for putting people out of business,” said Jog Sigg, Farm Bureau’s government relations director.

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