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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Supreme Court seems receptive to parts of Arizona anti-immigration law

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed receptive to the argument that Arizona’s tough plan to have state and local law enforcement play a much more active role in identifying illegal immigrants was a valid exercise of its power to protect its borders.

Hearing final oral arguments in the case, justices seemed skeptical of the Obama administration’s claim that a requirement that police check the immigration status of those arrested or detained was an impermissible intrusion on Congress’s power to set immigration policy and the executive branch’s ability to implement it.
Read the rest here.

4 comments:

Anon commenter 1 said...

Arizona's law is not "anti-immigration;" it's anti-illegal immigration. That's not a minor distinction.

The Archer of the Forest said...

I think a lot of what is at issue here, that this article skirts around, is that basically most of the Arizona law was copy and pasted directly from the federal statute itself, so to rule it unconstitutional would be a tricky thing to do without having to overturn the Federal law as well.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

I've long since concluded that most Americans WANT illegal immigrants, and we want them to be precisely illegal. Othewise, we'd have to pay them minimum wage.

Jason said...

One correction to Anastasia's post:

most American BUSINESSES want illegal, undocumented immigrants so that they don't have to pay them minimum wage.