Score one for Arizona. The Supreme Court gives States the right to close businesses who knowingly hire illegal workers.
Now in spite of the rhetoric one will hear from special interest groups, this is actually a huge win for U.S. labor and workers.
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state has the right to revoke the license of a business that knowingly employs illegal immigrants, in a case watched for implications on related judicial battles.
The top US court in a 5-3 decision upheld Arizona's 2007 law, saying the state was within its rights under a 1986 federal immigration reform measure.
Like it or not, flooding the U.S. labor market with illegal workers does undermine wages, and in this economy, does cause U.S. worker displacement.
The law "expressly reserves to the states the authority to impose sanctions on employers hiring unauthorized workers, through licensing and similar laws," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
"It uses the federal government's own definition of 'unauthorized alien,' it relies solely on the federal government's own determination of who is an unauthorized alien, and it requires Arizona employers to use the federal government's own system for checking employee status."
It was a 5-3 decision, with the left of the court dissenting. Business licenses can be revoked and at last, the Supreme court upheld the use of E-verify, an electronic database to verify social security numbers used by workers are valid and their own.
It is well known to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, one must punish the employers who recruit and use them as a source of cheap, exploitable labor. Finally, U.S. workers might just trump the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't want immigration laws enforced and also wants more guest worker Visas, all for the purposes of labor arbitrage, against U.S. workers.