Photo: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-3 vote has upheld Arizona’s four-year old law that allows the state to punish businesses that hired illegal immigrants.
This law which targets employers only, was in existence before the state passed the controversial SB 1070 and a slew of other anti-immigrant legislation that have also faced legal scrutiny. The law allows Arizona to revoke the business licenses of any business that intentionally hires undocumented workers.
The law also mandates that all employers use the E-Verify program, run by Homeland Security, to confirm the immigration status of its employees before they are hired. Prior to this law employers had the option to participate in E-Verify not the mandate.
The Republican-appointed justices drove the majority decision by the Court and opined: “This falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor opposed the decision.
Opponents of the law, made up of civil rights groups and numerous Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s, argued that immigration issues are under the jurisdiction of the federal government only.
This ruling does not deal with Arizona SB1070 that allows police officers to ask anyone their immigration status but the ruling may influence the outcome of legal challenges that law is facing.