States Defend Arizona's Immigration Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A coalition of 13 states has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an Arizona law penalizing employers of illegal immigrants.
The Supreme Court is to hear arguments next month on a 2007 Arizona law that allows business licenses to be suspended or revoked when employers knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
The Missouri attorney general's office is leading the coalition supporting the Arizona law. The group argues in court documents released Thursday that states have long had the authority to license and regulate businesses.
Other states joining the argument are Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Misissippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

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  • by Lee on Nov 5, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    there is a form the Employment Eleigibility Verification (Form I-9) put out by US Dept of Justice and the Immigration & Naturalization Services. Firstg issued in 1987. Every employee is supose to fill one out to prove they are legal and can work in the country. Bet 90% of busineses don't use it. Bet over 90% of the working force in this country never filled one out. So it's not like the government didn't try to help. Most people doing the hiring don't care. So the State Gov such as AZ are going to do something to stop the growing problem of illegal aliens stealing jobs.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    There is a form put out by the feds, that every new employee is supose to fill out. It's been around for almost 20 years. It asks if you have a Soc Sec #, and asks for it, or a green card and asks for info from it. A lot of people don't use it or ignore it. Using the form would eliminate a lote of problems. Our company uses it and has for years. It's in every employees personel file which are kept locked in a safe because of Soc Sec #, drivers license # and other private info on applications and in files. Anyone who doesn't follow careful rules will run into problems. Also MI is one of the border states, and out East the problems along the Canada border are almost as bad as along the Mexican border.
  • by Sid Location: Lansing on Nov 4, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    What_the, it almost sounds like you hire illegals
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    States should be able to suspend any business license that is not following the laws.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    I am not anti anyone- as long as they are not illegals. sorry but I am retired and when I went to apply for SS we found out that some illegal had gotten hired in CA using MY SS #! Took months to get it fixed, used his name and my #. They want to come here aand make the money and go back home and spend it. Sorry but to many US citizens are out of work. Need the jobs the illegals have taken. I think you will find this law on a lot of states books, if the supreme court upholds it.
  • by lansing on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    why would other state' have the same type of law, when there is only several states that borders mexico or canada.
  • by lansing on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    why would other state' have the same type of law, when there is only several states that borders mexico or canada.
  • by What_the on Nov 4, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    I find it strange the states defending arizonia's law have no similar law on the books. If they did have a similar law that was enforced and not just conservative double talk, I'm afraid the fruit harvest in any of these states signed on to support it would not have been brought in.
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