Supreme Court: States Can Punish Firms Hiring Illegals
Justices uphold law allowing Arizona to yank licenses
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 26, 2011 1:11 PM CDT
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer holds a news conference to announce that the state will appeal a ruling against another immigration law to the Supreme Court in this file photo.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law that proscribes a so-called “business death penalty” for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In a 5-3 decision, the court said that states are free to take action against employers on immigration—which augurs well for supporters of Arizona’s more recent and more controversial law requiring police to check suspects’ immigration status, the LA Times reports.

The law in today's ruling had been opposed by the US Chamber of Commerce, civil liberties groups, and even the Obama administration, even though it was signed in 2007 by Janet Napolitano, who is now Obama's homeland security secretary. The court’s conservative wing—John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Anthony Kennedy—voted in favor of the law, while Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented; Elena Kagan skipped the case.

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May 26, 2011 9:24 PM CDT
I am in favor of punishing the employers who hire illegals instead of the humans that do the shit jobs...many of the employers are also guilty of abuses against the workers. Good job Arizona, this is a step in the right direction, even when compared to the giant leap the other way with sb170.
May 26, 2011 8:21 PM CDT
Here's the way I see it. American's are scared shitless that we're becoming a Mexican country. So what? Mexico's a nice country and the people are just like us. Look at how many commentors are griping about taxes helping anyone -- anyone -- so does it matter?
May 26, 2011 5:31 PM CDT
It's common sense.