Supreme Court Rules on Arizona’s Immigration Law
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of a controversial Arizona immigration law, voting 5-3 that the federal government has the power to block the state’s measure.
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration. With power comes responsibility, and the sound exercise of national power over immigration depends on the Nation’s meeting its responsibility to base its laws on a political will informed by searching, thoughtful, rational civic discourse. Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”
Four sections of the law were under examination by 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.
While the court sided with federal sovereignty to set immigration policy, it upheld Arizona’s “papers please” policy.
In April, some justices seemed untroubled by a section of the Arizona law directing police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop.
President Obama announced last week that his administration will stop deporting many young illegal immigrants. His presidential nominee rival, Mitt Romney has called for a long-term overhaul that would allow more newcomers to receive green cards. The candidates are both trying to appeal to Hispanic voters.
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