About 140,000 businesses in Arizona are awaiting a judge's decision on whether the "Legal Arizona Workers Law" will take effect Jan. 1.
The law punishes businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Unlike other states' laws, which only cover employers doing business with public entities, Arizona's law applies to all employers.
The law is opposed by contractors, the hotel industry, the agriculture industry and civil rights groups. The judge threw out the initial suit but is re-hearing the case after new defendants were named.