Supreme Court may uphold parts of Arizona's immigration law
Justices suggest they're not buying Obama Administration argument that Arizona exceeded its authority
In a surprise move, the Supreme Court seems prepared to uphold part of
Arizona's controversial immigration law. This would allow some of the
measures currently blocked by lower courts to be enforced. Furthermore,
the justices strongly suggested they're not buying the Obama
administration's argument that Arizona exceeded its authority. The Obama
administration argues that immigration policy is rightfully set by the
federal government, not states.
Protesters take part in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.as the court questions Arizona's 'show me your papers' law.
However, Arizona appeared to have a tougher time defending two other provisions of the law that are now blocked. Making it a state crime to have no federal immigration papers, in addition to making it a state crime for an illegal immigrant to look for work, as neither is currently a federal crime.
Arizona contends that immigration is not exclusively a federal matter and the state has the right to act because federal authorities have not done their job. Key parts of the law have been put on hold by lower courts pending action by the Supreme Court.
Signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010, the law has inspired similar laws in other states.
The case has become 2012 campaign fodder for both the Obama administration and Republicans. The issue also has the potential to split the Republicans.
Latino Republican, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is a potential running mate for Mitt Romney said last week that he did not "believe that laws like Arizona's should be a model for the country." Rubio added he understood why Arizona had passed the law.
But, crucially, he added, "I would much rather the federal government deal with the illegal immigration issue and modernize our legal immigration system ."
Those remarks put him at odds with Romney, who in February called the Arizona's immigration law "a model." Romney also has said he hoped the law "will be implemented with care and caution not to single out individuals based upon their ethnicity."
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