Supreme Court upholds Arizona Immigration Law that Penalizes Employer
With a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s immigration law that allows the state to cancel the business license for employees who hire undocumented workers. It rejected the argument that the state is meddling with the federal government’s authority over immigration.
This ruling also encouraged the supporters of Arizona’s more controversial immigration law that requires the police to check the immigration status of people they lawfully stop and they suspect to be illegal immigrants. This law will be brought to court soon.
According to the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007, the state can deny employers a business permit after violating the said law for the second time. Arizona also requires employers to check first with the E-Verify program before hiring workers.
The next law that will be sent to the Supreme Court is Arizona’s law that allows police force to detain people they suspect to be in the country illegally. The Obama administration opposed the law and even sued the state because of it. A federal judge as well as the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the administration that the SB 1070 did interfere with federal enforcement on immigration, which placed the said law on hold.