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Arizona Law Upheld By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s “business death penalty” law in a 5-3 decision on May 26th 2011. The Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 is controversial because of a a provision that threatens companies that repeatedly hires illegal aliens with revocation of their corporate charters. It also contains a provision which requires employers to check E-Verify system before hiring new workers.

The significance of this ruling is not only that the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 is constitutional because it is not preempted by federal immigration law. This ruling emphasized that state has the power to use its licensing law to punish EMPLOYERS for hiring illegal immigrants.

This ruling is not directly related to the even more controversial Arizona law involving police power to enforce immigration law against illegal immigrants. The police enforcement law is put on hold by the U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals.

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