Supreme Court rules on Arizona's immigration law

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Today, in a split 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the most controversial part of Arizona’s immigration law — the part that required police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop. Critics have said the Arizona law could lead to ethnic and racial profiling of the fast-growing Hispanic population in the United States. Hispanics are now the largest racial-ethnic minority group.

Reuters reports that in so doing, SCOTUS rejected the Obama administration’s stance that only the federal government should enforce immigration laws in the United States.
At the same time, SCOTUS also ruled against Arizona — that the three other challenged provisions went too far in intruding on federal law, including one provision that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to work and another that requires them to carry their documents.
Arizona, on the southwest border with Mexico, two years ago became the first of a handful of U.S. states to pass laws aimed at driving illegal immigrants out, including requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone detained and suspected of being in the country illegally.
The battle over the law goes to the heart of a fierce national debate between Democrats and Republicans over what to do with the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
A CNN/ORC poll conducted on May 29-31 found that 75% of Americans were in favor of Arizona’s immigration law, while only 2% opposed it.
The question now is whether that single provision upheld by SCOTUS today can stand on its own, or does the court action mean Arizona has to go back to the drawing board on their immigration law.
Full AZ ruling (link)
H/t FOTM’s Tina, Grouchy and moxielouise.

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0 responses to “Supreme Court rules on Arizona's immigration law

  1. I’m for States Rights-yes,the communist plan is to overwhelm the system,which they are doing. The many origins of illegal thugs coming in as fast as they can,not good. The fact obama is an illegal and two SCJ’s placed illegally,is still a huge issue they are hoping the people will let go. Not a chance,these Treasonous officials must be held accountable,along with the media,fox included. The truth and the Constitution will prevail.

  2. John Roberts sucks.

  3. Everyone at school is Spanish, and me and a couple other white guys are the only white people, and they are the minority? I’m the one being forced to learn Spanish.

  4. Messed up, huh? Up is down and down is up.
    Wonder what wrath Skippy will unveil if Obamacare doesn’t go his way this Thursday…

  5. I just got back from Arizona yesterday, where I was researching a novel about the state (including a chapter that includes an immigration storyline). Half the time I didn’t even need to ask anyone about immigration; they volunteered their thoughts, and everyone I talked to had strong opinions. No matter what side of the issue they fell on, though, they agreed on two things: That the provision SCOTUS upheld was already federal law anyway, and that the president and Congress shouldn’t allow loopholes in the law. (The liberals said the law should just be changed so that the loopholes were law instead of loopholes; the conservatives simply didn’t like putting loopholes in the law at all. Both sides agreed that it was wrong for the president to use loopholes at all.)
    I wish I could’ve stayed an extra couple of days–I’d love to hear their reactions to the SCOTUS ruling.

  6. Thanks Tina, Grouchy, Moxielouise, and Dr. Eowyn for this most informative post. It is noteworthy that Kagan did not vote. It is also noteworthy that the most controversial part of Arizona’s law was upheld!


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