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May 26, 2011 – US Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses That Hire Undocumented Immigrants

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that imposes
sanctions against businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

The court, on a 5-3 vote, said federal immigration law does not bar
Arizona from suspending or revoking the licenses of businesses that
employ unauthorized aliens…

Then-Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the Arizona law in 2007, saying
that while immigration is a federal responsibility, Arizona had been
forced to deal with the issue because the demand for cheap, undocumented
labor in the state was contributing to illegal immigration.

Numerous organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, argued
the state’s law was preempted by the federal Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986, which forbids states from imposing sanctions for
hiring illegal immigrants…

Several states have enacted measures that seek to penalize
employers for hiring illegal workers, while others are considering
legislation similar to Arizona’s.”