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U.S. Supreme Okays Arizona Law Denying Business Licenses to Contractors That Employ Undocumented Workers

Arizona can lawfully deny contractors a business license for a second violation of the state’s law prohibiting employment of undocument workers, a split U.S. Supreme Court today.

At issue is the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007, which passed over the opposition of business groups and civil rights organizations. Writing for the 5-3 majority, Chief Justice Roberts said that the law “falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states.”

Next up for the court: Arizona’s law requiring police to check the immigration of people they lawfully stop and who they suspect are in the U.S. illegally. That law is on hold following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that it interferes with Congress’s power to make immigration policy.

Here’s the full text of the decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting.