Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced one of the most anticipated decisions this year - whether Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally pre-empts federal immigration law. In a 5-3 decision, the Court threw out most of the provisions of the law in question.

Specifically, the federal government had challenged four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. One provision would make the failure to comply with federal immigration requirements a state crime, another would make it a state crime for an undocumented...

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Arizona v. United States where the Court must decide whether federal law preempts four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. 

Supreme Court reporters and watchers seem to agree the Supreme Court will uphold the portion of Arizona’s law requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested when there is “reasonable suspicion” the person is here unlawfully.  As Justice Roberts pointed out, if the federal government does not want to pursue deporting someone, it does not have to.   But a number of Justices seemed concerned about the amount of time it would take to confirm someone’s immigration status.