US Supreme Court issues rule on Arizona's SB1070 Law

US Supreme Court issues rule on Arizona's SB1070 Law

Washington : DC : USA | Jun 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM PDT
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Supreme Court to Weigh Contentious Arizona Immigration Law

The Supreme Court has effectively rubberstamped racial profiling in Arizona. Although the justices have struck down many provisions of the law, they have upheld the despicable "Papers, please" provision that allows police to profile individuals based on the color of their skin.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law on Monday, invalidating most of its provisions. The justices did allow police to check the immigration status of those they arrest.

The high court in a 4-3 vote that most of SB 1070's provisions are preempted by federal authority.

Despite most of the law being struck down, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer hailed the decision as "a victory for the rule of law."

"After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented," she said Monday in a press release.

The executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, Luis Heredia, called the law "a tool of divisive voices for political gain."

The court's ruling that police may be required to check immigration status "does not make it just or moral," he said in a release.

Struck down were provisions that:

  • authorize police to arrest without a warrant anyone "the officer has probable cause to believe . . . has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States."
  • Making it a state crime for an undocumented person to seek or engage in work.
  • Making it a state crime to fail to comply with federal alien-registration requirements.

Upheld was the portion of the law (Section 2(B)) that requires police to check immigration status if they have reasonable suspicion to believe someone is here illegally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Dissenting were Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Justice Elena Kagen recused herself from the case because of work she did while U.S. solicitor general, according to the Tucson Sentinel.


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Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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