Supreme Court Upholds Law Penalizing Hiring of Illegal Immigrants
The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
The 5-to-3 decision amounted to a green light for vigorous state efforts to combat the employment of illegal workers. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts on behalf of the court's five more conservative members, noted that Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia have recently enacted laws similar to the one at issue in the case.
The decision did not address a second Arizona law that in some circumstances requires police question people about their immigration status.