Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Supreme Court to hear Arizona immigration case: Who wins, loses? By James Eng, msnbc.com shared by Jimmy Palmieri
A U.S. Supreme Court decision on the fate of Arizona’s strict anti-illegal immigration law will have implications far beyond the Grand Canyon state’s borders. But who ultimately wins and loses will be up for debate even after the justices rule by this summer.
The high court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments on SB 1070, a bill signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010 to help authorities drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona. Implementation of the most controversial sections -- including a requirement that local police check the immigration status of a criminal suspect if they have “reasonable suspicion” that person is in the country illegally -- has been put on hold by lower courts pending action by the Supreme Court.
The Obama administration is arguing the law should be struck down because immigration policy is rightfully set by the federal government, not states. Arizona, the border of choice for illegal entries from Mexico, contends immigration isn’t exclusively a federal matter and the state has the right to act because federal authorities haven’t done their job.