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Supreme Court Trashes But Keeps Parts of AZ Immigration Bill

| On 25, Jun 2012

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Illegal immigrants in Arizona can only take a small sigh of relief after today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo credit unknown)

There is major news on the immigration front in the state of Arizona today.

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down specific parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 bill that Gov. Jan Brewer supported. At the same time, they upheld the one part of it that ensures brown people will continue to stay in the racial profiling crosshairs of law enforcement authorities.

The court ruled 5-3 that the state was taking their role too far with a lot of the original 2010 immigration bill. They said Arizona can no longer:

  • Make it a crime to look for work in the state despite illegal status
  • Make it a crime to be in the state without legal papers
  • Arrest people without a warrant on suspicion of a deportable crime

All of those activities, the court feels, should be left up to the federal government. I agree with that. You can’t run Arizona like a prison camp, but meanwhile next door in New Mexico people do whatever they feel like. There needs to be some synergy across the state in dealing with a federal issue.

The portion of the law that will remain in tact is one of the most controversial. Law enforcement officials who rightfully stop people for a crime will be able to check the person’s legal status.

Expect to continue to see Latinos on high alert in the state. Someone could, in theory, be deported for jaywalking or a noise complaint — both of which are menial infractions of the law. As long as it was legally ok for the authorities to investigate the offense, it’s fair game to check a legal status.

President Obama and other liberals who followed the case celebrated the “almost-sweeping” victory. They pushed for Arizona’s law to be thrown out, even though parts of it still remain on the books.

I stand by what I have said about Arizona since April 2010. Their immigration law does little to protect the U.S. as a whole. Right now, they are getting kicks out of being isolationists about immigration. I’m glad Arizona got a jolt of reality today that they need to work with the feds and other states to solve the immigration issue.

Expect this decision to play majorly into the 2012 political cycle. The keywords of “Latino voters” and “immigration” will be overused in the mainstream media for the next couple of weeks. I guarantee it.

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