Theodore's World: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Part of Arizona Immigration Law Strikes Down Three Other Parts

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June 25, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Part of Arizona Immigration Law Strikes Down Three Other Parts

Supreme Court strikes down three of four parts of Arizona's immigration law, but for now upholds key provision to require police, during routine stops, to check immigration status of anyone they suspect could be in US illegally.

The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough-immigration law but struck down others as intrusions on federal sovereignty, in a ruling that gave both sides something to cheer in advance of November elections where immigration is a major issue.

The court backed a section of the Arizona state law that calls for police to check the immigration status of people they stop.

That section was one of four at issue before the high court. The others make it a crime for immigrants without work permits to seek employment; make it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry registration documents, and authorize the police to arrest any immigrant they believe has committed a deportable offense. Those other three provisions were struck down.
Five justices were in the majority choosing to strike down the three provisions. Dissenting justices argued that the whole law should have been upheld.

Lower federal courts blocked the four provisions from taking effect after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the measure in 2010. The courts agreed with the Justice Department that the undermined federal authority over immigration.

The law is part of the broader national debate over immigration, which heated up last week when President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spoke before a group of Hispanic officials.

Mr. Obama touted his announcement the previous week that his administration will stop deporting many young illegal immigrants, while Mr. Romney used his speech to soften his tone on immigration and call for a long-term overhaul that would allow more newcomers to receive green cards. The candidates are both stepping up their appeals to the fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters.

Democrats have accused the Arizona law's supporters of having an anti-immigrant agenda, while the law's mostly Republican backers say they want to secure the nation's borders.

Arizona's illegal-immigration measure, officially titled the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act and known as SB 1070, reflected outrage among tea-party conservatives over what they considered lax enforcement by federal immigration authorities.

Similar laws were introduced in other states, including Alabama, which recently drew unwelcome attention when executives from German and Japanese car makers that the state had pushed to bring there were arrested for failing to produce immigration papers.

During arguments before the Supreme Court in April, justices suggested it was acceptable for Arizona to make rules in areas where Congress had contemplated an enforcement role for states. They observed that federal law already requires U.S. immigration officials to answer questions from state police about a person's status.

Several said they had trouble seeing constitutional problems in a blanket state policy encouraging police to check the status of people who were stopped if those people looked as if they might be in the country illegally.

But the justices were more skeptical of any state effort to pile penalties on illegal immigrants beyond what Congress envisioned.

Congress has been in a long stalemate over immigration, with proposals for a broad overhaul getting little traction. That has led Mr. Obama to use his executive powers to make some changes.

Following the Supreme Court arguments, the Obama administration announced illegal immigrants wouldn't be placed in deportation proceedings merely for a traffic violation, part of continuing efforts to devote resources to deporting foreigners who have committed serious crimes.

Wild Thing's comment.............

Obama just made a statement BLAMING our Republican Congress for HIS lack of an Immigration Plan.....

In spite of the fact that for TWO FULL YEARS Obama had The White House, Congress & The Senate.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 25, 2012 12:50 PM


That bozo held congress for two years and did absolutely nothing about immigration. People need to wake up and see this jerkwad for what he is.

Posted by: BobF at June 25, 2012 06:38 PM

Bob, ditto all you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 26, 2012 04:17 AM