The U.S. Supreme Court ruled largely in favor of the federal government in a case involving Arizona’s immigration law, striking down most of its key provisions. However, it upheld the most controversial provision involving checks on people’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.
UPHELD: The Court let stand a provision that lets police check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if “reasonable suspicion” exists that the person is in the United States illegally.
STRUCK DOWN: The Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling struck down key parts of the Arizona law, including:
- Authorizing police to arrest immigrants without a warrant where “probable cause” exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.
- Making it a state crime for “unauthorized immigrants” to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.
- Forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who “gesture or nod” their willingness to be employed.
For a full text of the decision, please visit: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/slipopinions.aspx?Term=11, or click here: Arizona v. United States