The Supreme Court has asked the Obama administration to give an official opinion on whether Arizona has the right to punish companies that hire undocumented workers. At issue is the broader question of whether individual local authorities can tackle immigration issues, or whether enforcement should remain in the hands of the federal government. It's unclear which way the Obama administration will lean, but attorneys say the move signals the Supreme Court's intention to review a lower court's decision to uphold Arizona's right to punish businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers.

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