In a 5-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states have the power to revoke business licenses of employers who hire workers who are in the country illegally.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU had joined forces to challenge an Arizona law on grounds that it infringed on federal authority. The Supreme Court disagreed.
The ruling does not cover a better-known Arizona law that gives state and local authorities more authority to question people suspected of illegal residency. That law is also the subject of a court challenge, but the court majority’s stance on the business license law seems to undermine the theory that states have no business getting involved in immigration issues.
The Los Angeles Times has a lengthy report on the court ruling.