Reps. Lamar Smith (TX) and Todd Tiahrt (KS) today published a blog post in the Hill regarding the Kagan hearings. See an excerpt of their piece here:
Today the Senate begins consideration of the lifetime appointment of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Critics have said that her judicial record is non-existent, and there are few clues to how she will rule on the country's highest court. However, her past actions do signal her views on one of the most important issues likely to come before the Court in the near future: a state's right to play a role in the enforcement of immigration laws.
Here is what we know so far:
In 2007, the state of Arizona passed an immigration law that allowed it to revoke the business licenses of businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. This provision was challenged but upheld in both the district court and even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.