Landmark Ruling On Arizona Law For Immigrants At Work

05.27.11 | Sarah Harnisch

In a landmark vote, the U.S. Supreme court, 5-3, upheld an Arizona immigration law Thursday that imposes sanctions - including suspending or revoking a business license - against businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. It requires all Arizona employers to use a federal electronic verification system to confirm all their employees are there legally. The Obama administration and a number of immigrant groups argued the law interferes with existing federal law, but Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed, saying the states need the right to impose their own sanctions.