Supreme Court upholds Arizona employer sanctions law

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- It was a big win for those who want to crack down on illegal immigration as the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a state law that punishes businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Not everyone is happy with the decision.

"We're extremely disappointed," said Kat Rodriguez with Derechos Humanos.

The court spoke loudly in its decision.  Chief Justice John Roberts writing, "The employer sanctions law falls well within a state's authority."

"It sets a really bad precedent," said Rodriguez.

Derechos Humanos disagrees with Justice Roberts, and so do three of his fellow justices.

In a dissenting opinion they claim Arizona's 2007 law will bring about discrimination in the hiring process.

In Phoenix Thursday lawmakers and the governor praised the court's decision.

"I was absolutely thrilled when we received the notice that the court upheld the employer sanctions bill," said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

The country's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff was also thrilled with what this means in the fight against illegal immigration.

"This is a victory for the State of Arizona and I think it proves a point, once again, that states have a right to pass their own laws,"said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

This law requires businesses to check up on new workers through the E-verify federal database.

And if illegal immigrants are hired knowingly.  The state can revoke their business license.

"You're not going to control immigration by controlling employer sanctions," said Rodriguez.

The court's ruling comes as a blow to the Obama administration, which vocally opposes the law.

Now everyone is watching and waiting to see what this may mean for the fate of SB 1070 in court.