Supreme Court Sides With U.S. In Arizona Immigration Case
Just one week after President Obama issued an executive order for a new illegal immigration policy to be put in place while his presumptive opponent Mitt Romney continues to straddle the fence on his immigration stance, the Supreme Court has ruled on one of the hottest topics on the campaign trail.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled largely in favor of the federal government Monday in a case involving Arizona’s immigration law, but it upheld the most controversial provision involving police checks on people’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.
In a decision sure to ripple across the political landscape in a presidential election year, the court’s 5-3 ruling struck down key parts of the Arizona law.
“The national government has significant power to regulate immigration,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, adding that “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermined federal law.”
The majority concluded the federal government had the power to block SB1070, though the court upheld one of the most controversial parts of the bill — a provision that lets police check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if “reasonable suspicion” exists that the person is in the United States illegally.
The federal government challenged four provisions of the Arizona law that never were enforced, pending the legal ruling.
Provisions struck down included:
— Authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where “probable cause” exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.
— Making it a state crime for “unauthorized immigrants” to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.
— Forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who “gesture or nod” their willingness to be employed.
Money Mitt better make his move quick!