Under Arizona's 2007, Legal Arizona Workers Act, commonly called the employer-sanctions law, a business' license can be revoked or suspended for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. The law also requires Arizona employers to use a federal electronic system, called E-Verify, that validates the Social Security numbers and immigration status of new hires.
The ruling comes months after Arizona appealed a federal court ruling that blocked key components of a second, more controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law, known as SB 1070.
That law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. A federal judge has blocked parts of SB 1070 from taking effect, and debate over its constitutionality is expected to reach the Supreme Court.
In Thursday's 5-3 decision, the justices ruled that the employer-sanctions law falls within existing federal law and within the Arizona's authority to license business.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
SCOTUS beotch slaps the ninth circuit. One would think this would be a no-brainer but then again, 4 Supreme Court justices are quite similar in temperament to the ninth.
Posted by traderrob at 4:28 PM