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Arizona’s Illegal Immigration Policy: U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Ruling

The Obama administration sued to block Arizona’s law soon after its enactment two years ago, and federal courts had refused to let the four key provisions take effect.

Arizona’s illegal immigration crackdown got a little weaker Monday, but a controversial part of the state’s law will remain in place, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Today the high court unanimously upheld the "show me your papers" requirement that police check suspects' immigration status.

However, the justices were divided on other portions of Arizona’s law and subsequently struck down three major provisions of it including: requiring all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers; making it a state criminal offense for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job; and allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants.

The Associated Press reported today that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said “the ruling marked a victory for people who believe in the responsibility of states to defend their residents.” The case, she said, "has always been about our support for the rule of law. That means every law, including those against both illegal immigration and racial profiling. Law enforcement will be held accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual's civil rights."

Civil rights groups that separately challenged Arizona’s law over concerns it would lead to rights’ abuses said their lawsuit would go on.

The immigration status check still is "an invitation to racial profiling," American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Omar Jadwat told The Associated Press.

The Obama administration sued to block Arizona’s law soon after its enactment two years ago, and federal courts had refused to let the four key provisions take effect.

The Arizona case focused on whether states can adopt their own measures to deal with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the face of federal inaction on comprehensive reform, or whether the federal government has almost exclusive authority in that area.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "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.”

Vince June 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Oh yeah...and a simple rule of thumb on "Chinks": A "Chink" is ALWAYS a "Gook"-----BUT...a "Gook" isn't always a "Chink"....so bear that in mind when casting about your next "Chink", yeah huh?
Diana June 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Vince, love your explanation of the Spaniard's and Indians and the creation of Puerto Rican's, Cuban's, Hattian's etc., I laughed so hard I almost fell off the chair...tee hee You are without a doubt the most entertaining poster on here, and Poopeye has drank to much of the tea!!
Vince June 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Diana...My special purpose upon the planet is Two Fold: I am here to entertain, AND to enlighten...so I teach (enlighten) via humor, and at the very same time, fulfill both aspects of MY special purpose. Why, just the other day some Skidball popped out of a narrow alleyway next to the front of a store I was exiitig, and asked me, with a cigarette dangling out his pie hole: "Got a light?"....and so I stopped, looked him square in the eye, because you really do not want to appear fearful of a Skidball, any time, any place, and I said to him I said: "My son, I AM The Light...what you seek is FIRE, of which I have none." And that skeered the Holy Bejesus outta that there Skidball, and I guess he figgered I was nutso, and he made a rapid retreat back into the shadows of the alley--WITHOUT NO FORKIN' "light" from me...and of course there WAS something taught to him at that moment: Don't ask crazier lookin' people then you for NUTHIN', ever. And of course I have another comeback if a Skidball asks me for "the time"....same thing, I stare 'em smack dab in the eye and say: "Yeah A-Hole, I got the time...the time to stomp a forkin' mudhole in yer azz if you don't back the fork off." That one works great on 1 Skidball, sorta O,K, on 2 Skidball's, but when they's multiplied beyond that point, it is best given from several steps away, whilst on the run....jes' sayin'.
Mr.A June 30, 2012 at 08:12 AM
I think popeye likes getting "tea bagged"....
Erin July 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
msswan, Aside from the 10's of 1,000's of years of human interaction before California even had a name... Mexicans lived in California after the Spanish claimed stake in the Americas.(I'm summarizing of course;P) Your genetic history is just as intricuit as mine. I'm "white" ( that name was assigned to me, it does not, in the least, define a thing about me) and I know EXACTLY where I'm from. No, it's not from one particular geographical location and I'm not so naive as to ever assume it was.. Immigration has nothing to do with race; it's just easier to believe that than to admit you are in the wrong for not following US laws and policies. I would NEVER move to ANY country without going through all the proper procedures AND ABSOLUTELY NEVER!!!....this is what makes my blood boil.... lashing out when you are not treated as an equal! That country does not have to speak my language, accept my currency, pay for my medical problems, educate me or my children or do anything else they don't want to do! The arrogance of illegal immigrants to PROTEST the very fact they are not living and/or being treated like legal citizens is mind boggling to me. I pay my dues and so should you. PERIOD.

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