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Yes, aliens pay state taxes, federal taxes, business taxes, acquire business licenses, etc., etc., etc...
The law affords aliens many of the rights that U.S. citizens possess. Aliens have the right to gain employment, and states cannot use discriminatory methods to protect local jobs for state citizens at the expense of aliens.
Furthermore, employers cannot deprive aliens of the federal and state mandatory minimum wages. Aliens also receive treatment very similar to the treatment that U.S. citizens receive in the context of the judicial system.
For instance, the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution apply to aliens residing within the United States. As such, the courts guarantee aliens the right to due process of law and equal protection of the laws.
Courts have generally construed the Fourth Amendment as applicable to aliens as well. The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures.
Aliens who reside in the U.S. bear certain obligations that U.S. citizens also bear. These obligations include paying state and federal taxes and submitting to the draft lottery system in times of war.
For situations in which an alien fails to abide by these obligations, the alien may retain counsel and assistance from the alien's embassy. States possess the power to confer additional rights on aliens within their respective jurisdictions.
While states may not pass regulations affecting aliens that directly conflict with federal laws or the U.S. Constitution, states may pass other regulations if they bear some rational relationship to a legitimate state interest.
State law controls the right of an alien to hold real property in the particular state. Under common law, the alien had property rights similar to those of citizens.
Most states have enacted statutes following the common law, but a few have forbid aliens, ineligible for U.S. citizenship, from holding or acquiring real property. These laws have resulted in some successful challenges by aliens who claimed the laws were unconstitutional.
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