Koster has filed a friends of the court brief in support of the 2007 Arizona legislation. The law before the U.S. Supreme Court allows sanctions against businesses that hire illegal immigrants. The U.S. Supreme Court is looking at the issue of unauthorized aliens in the Arizona law.
Koster says if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Arizona law it may affect Missouri’s ability to punish employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
The state attorney general says as more and more illegals look for work or sanctuary, the way Missouri has addressed the problem is through enacting laws that prohibit employers from hiring.
Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas, and Alabama are the other states supporting the friends of the court brief.