Supreme Court upholds Arizona law penalizing the hiring of illegal immigrants

Supreme Court upholds Arizona law penalizing the hiring of illegal immigrants

May 26th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

WASHINGTON - 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 Wednesday 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.