Ketchikan vs. Immigration
What were the legal issues in the case? What did the appeals court decide?
What arguments does this employer make for why its actions did not violate the IRCA or were, at most, minor, technical violations? Why does the court reject these arguments?
What factors are considered in determining the penalties for IRCA violations? Why does the court reject this employer’s argument for a lesser penalty? Should penalties only be assessed when it is shown that a violation of IRCA requirements resulted in the hiring of a worker not authorized to work in the United States? Why or why not?
What are some practical implications of this case for employers? Do you agree wit the court’s decision? Why or why not?