Arizona immigration reform picks up a partial win at SCOTUS
May 26, 2011 - 8:04 am
The Supreme Court has sustained Arizona’s law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.
By a 5-3 vote, the court said Thursday that federal immigration law gives states the authority to impose sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized workers.
The decision upholding the validity of the 2007 law comes as the state is appealing a ruling that blocked key components of a second, more controversial Arizona immigration enforcement law. Thursday’s decision applies only to business licenses and does not signal how the high court might rule if the other law comes before it.
Dissenters? Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor. Kagan recused herself — because she worked on the Obama administration’s case against the law when she was solicitor general.