Skip to comments.Supreme Court Allows Immigration Checks
Posted on 06/25/2012 2:35:45 PM PDT by lbryce
The Supreme Court struck down much of Arizona's effort to crack down on illegal immigrants but left one key part intact in a ruling that gave both sides of the debate something to cheer.
In a 5-3 ruling, the court said Arizona in effect had tried to set up a parallel enforcement system that punished illegal immigrants more harshly and interfered with congressional authority over the nation's borders. The court rejected parts of the state law known as SB1070 that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and that authorized warrantless arrests of people suspected by state and local police of committing deportable offenses.
But the court upheld for now the law's directive that state and local police check the immigration status of people they stop when they suspect them of lacking authorization to be in the U.S. The justices observed that federal law already requires immigration officials to respond to status checks from local authorities.
The impact of the ruling was unclear Monday, as immigrants and advocates scrambled for answers from legal analysts and law enforcement. Most opponents of the law reacted with relief at the ruling, but some immigrant advocates said implementation of the law could still pose problems for immigrants.
"There's still going to be a lot of uncertainty until it's clear how police will approach this," said Joe Rubio, lead organizer for Arizona Interfaith Network-Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of community organizing groups. "The state is going to have to monitor this very carefully" to avoid racial profiling, he said.
The court left open the possibility that the surviving provision could be challenged depending on how it is applied. It acknowledged concerns that the provision could lead to abuses, such as prolonged detention of arrestees while their status was being checked.
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“Check EVERYONE and make sure anyone who complains understands that they must to ensure that there is no profiling per Holder and crew... “
Just use the TSA as a role model and harass everyone in the state. They can hire former TSA thugs to ride around with each cop.
Andrew Johnson was impeached for less than that. Of course, he wasn't convicted, and neither would 0bama be (with this Senate!)
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