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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.”

mswan June 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
NO need for racist comments..Hispanics are just as educated if not more educated due to hunger for change than "white". Please don't forget as much as you trash and nag "mexicans, hispanics, latinos, wetbacks, whatever you classify them" at least we have a category. Can't say much for white's whom till this day have no idea what land they come from. Considering the first ancestors of America were Eskimo..Unless your Eskimo honestly do us all a favor and spare us all your racist comments. HOpefully Tony and the rest of the people at the patch are diligent in removing any racist post..
Popeye June 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Ha ha ........at least the 30 year old and below are free to smake down a Tea Bagger...ha ha ha. I will gladly watch...specially punk ass Anthony...loser
Bubba June 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
@ mswan What does "la Raza" mean? The pot calling the kettle black? As a group, I would say Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are the MOST racist people in this country. It is time for everyone to throw the race card to the wind. It is ok to be white of European descent, I myself prefer to called be a HUMAN BEING.
justme June 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
umm and your post is not racist against "white's"?? Can we say hypocrite? I'm not defending Anthony's remark by any means, however I'm seeing a little pot calling the kettle action going on here...just sayin.
justme June 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
^^^^ This needs a "like"
mswan June 25, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Word..
mswan June 25, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I chose to be hypocrtical and I stand behind my reference of "white" because of the vulgarity of the comment. Had it not been so vulgar i'd be on the same page as Bubba..I too prefere to be labeled as a human being. And not i'm sorry Mexicans and Mexican Americans aren't the most racist bud..it's not a competition first of all.. Don't forget Mexicans originally lived in California before "whites" or whatever you call them since they don't have an actual country. But just like they tried with the indians they booted them out of here, and No were trying to keep them out of the land that was originally theirs. Simple history..Either way regardless I can agree that we are all humans.. Sorry for stirring the pot, it's just annoying that everytime I go on the Patch some douche has to talk about some racist topic..I know I just put my self in that situation I guess I jumped the gun and did what I said I wouldn't.
mswan June 25, 2012 at 09:42 PM
lol..Have you ever been to netherlands.. or any other country with legal prostitution. Or bc it's legal you don't think it's morally wrong.. What if you daughter was the girl dancing behind a glass window, and she was only worth 25 bucks an hour on the cheap.. What would you say about netherlands.. At least we don't have tramps, and whores you can pickup at a window dude. Be glad you live in the US.. don't be so angry at Obama accept the changes in life and learn to live with it.. Your voice certainly won't change things nobody's does. It's all the people up top.. Also don't speak for yourself.. I'm a pretty good lookin dude to be modest, i admit i love sluts bc they are so easy yet annoying but I'm not gonna hate bro. I think your probably a nerd or some loser dude or your probably married and your wife never puts out..OUCH!!! good luck in life Major lol...Sorry it's been a long day hha..
Vince June 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM
mswan, Nice try, although perhaps you need to get your history straight. There was NO SUCH THING as a "Mexican" until the Spanish explorer's arrived and got to doinking the indigenous Indian's---so if ANYONE got double screwed it surely was the indigenous folks of the region. Then the newly minted Mexican's migrated north (as they are doing again), and settled in what is today's south west areas of The U.S.. So then, does the present U.S. Territory belong to The Mexican's of today? Naw. If anyone at all has a claim to it, it surely is them thar ORIGINAL indigenous Indian's whut got boned by The Spaniard's. And too, the Spainish were not happy with what they left in their wake in Mexico, and further south, so they then traveled all around the southern hemisphere, yanking monkey's outta trees and creating Puerto Rican's, Cuban's, Hattian's etc. But then again, it was the influx of slaves from Africa (brought by The Heebs) that was the icing on the gene pool cake for those last mentiond Spanish progeny. Hopefully my little sojourn into history won't be taken as coming from a racist source or mindset. It just is what it is, and mostly it IS a colorful way of getting a point across! An' don't forget, The French explorer's were too caught up in "Rogering" one another, and The Italian's were wise enough to drag along a little "female trim" for thier expeditions. But them Spaniard's? Just look around, and their Horndog Legacy is easily ascertained now...
N1smo2go June 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Enough with the small talk, the Supreme Court still upheld a key provision. States can and will use their power and hopefully their legal citizensip in their states, to force illiegal immigrants out. Period. The "legalized slavery" of brown people is only meant to keep certain people in power. Youkeep those in the lowest forms of society dependent on you, then you have slaves for life. The more you let in the better. Blacks are already bought and paid for, now it's the Latino votes turn. Just another form of slavery, because no matter if you are Republican or Democrats, both parties are run by white people. So nobody wins.
Popeye June 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Tea Baggers lost another battle...ha ha
Tonto June 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptAvG6_oIuU - ha ha ha
Vince June 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Good Lord Almighty Poop-eye!!! How old are you...really? I would venture a guess that I have 'roid's not only older, but much brighter, and way more interesting conversationalist's then you...Fact is, perhaps someone should break out the ol' tube, and smother you with some Prep "H", and see if you don't shrink up, and disappear. The best that can be said of you though, is that you ARE coinsistent: Consistently about as forked up as a soup sandwich in your lame-azzed comments... And with enough exposure to your crap, I betcha you coulda got Mother Theresa to say the "F-Word", followed by a resounding..."OFF".
Albert Einstein June 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
One person hick ups and then next person goes on and on... and on... about it. Blogs are funny! I read them from time to time but this I am more intelligent than you thing... Let me show you just HOW MUCH... actually shows the opposite.
Anon June 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Whoever Popeye is, his parents should not be proud! Freaking weirdo!
Wizard Without Remorse June 26, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Ah Major, as a diamond in the rough I can assure you that it takes a trained diamond cutter to fix a facet, not a brain surgeon. We are agreed that President Obama's healthcare plan has some big problems, but at least he proprosed a solution to the healthcare problem. What have you got? I am not sure where you were going with your comments about attractive people, I guess I got lost returning from Europe. Did you say that attractive Americans are tramps and whore-mongers?
Vince June 27, 2012 at 07:36 PM
And for those who may find this usefull when searching for appropriate Ethnic Slants ("Slant"...Tee hee hee...like a Gook!!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs_by_ethnicity
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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