WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday widened the ability of states to use criminal laws against illegal immigrants and other people who do not have work authorization in the United States in a ruling involving identity theft prosecutions in Kansas.
The 5-4 ruling, with the court’s conservative justices in the majority, overturned a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court decision that had voided the convictions of three restaurant workers for fraudulently using other people’s Social Security numbers.
In the opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court found that Kansas did not unlawfully encroach on federal authority over immigration policy.
The court’s four liberal justices disagreed. While a 1986 federal law called the Immigration Reform and Control Act did not explicitly prevent states from pursuing such prosecutions, they said in a dissent written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the law’s overall purpose hands the policing of work authorization fraud “to the federal government alone.”
President Donald Trump’s administration backed Kansas in the case. Trump has made his hardline policies toward immigration a centerpiece of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign. Kansas is one of several conservative states that have sought to crack down on illegal immigrants.
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Liberals don’t seem to care what their irresponsible immigration policies does to citizens. Identity theft wreaks terrific damage to lives, as do the crimes illegal immigrants commit. Funny how in the same week the weasel Schumer threatens Supreme Court justices if they don’t support liberal ideology, four liberal Justices prove exactly WHY only Justices that put the Constitution before all else should be on the Supreme Court.
The minority uses Federal preemption as a parking place for where they want to be. A place where their clerks can have the nannies, house cleaners and gardeners that law school graduates are entitled to. On the other side are the evil citizens of Kansas who do not have the right to elect legislators who would pass a law to protect Kansas citizens from the harms of identity theft.
Simple solution contact Ice and give them the evidence to prosecute and deport.
The Democratic congress also recently voted down a bill that would prevent terrorists from working for TSA. anyone believe they are supporting the American People?
@Randy: Democrats hold good legislation hostage by demanding unreasonable additions that have no relation to title legislation. The do the same with legislation that have great sounding titles, inserting poison pills to make sure they are defeated for the purpose of creating a political issue.