Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law
The Supreme Court struck down 3 of 4 S1170 provisions today, saying immigration is under federal control. One section — allowing police to check immigration status after legal stops — sent back to 9th District Court for review.
The Supreme Court today upheld a key provision of the Arizona immigration law. The court ruled that the portion of the law requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is not in the United States legally was Constitutional.
The Washington Post reported:
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on immigrants.
But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward — the portion requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is not in the United States legally. Even there, though, the justices said the provision could be subject to additional legal challenges.
The decision upholds the “show me your papers” provision for the moment. But it takes the teeth out of it by prohibiting police officers from arresting people on minor immigration charges.
Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion for the court that was unanimous on allowing the status check to go forward. The court was divided on striking down the other portions.
The court ruled that immigration was a federal issue – even though the federal government is unwilling to secure the borders.
Say hello to open borders!