Supreme Court Issues Split Decision on Arizona Immigration Law SB1070


In a ruling issued today, the justices struck down much of the Arizona immigration law SB1070, but the nation’s highest court, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, upheld the state law’s most controversial aspect, requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop if the officer has reasonable suspicion regarding lawful immigration status.

The court said of the 9th circuit: “It was improper to enjoin §2(B) before the state courts had an opportunity to construe it and without some showing that §2(B)’s enforcement in fact conflicts with federal immigration law and its objectives.”  This section of the law has been remanded to the lower courts.

But in a split decision, the justices also ruled that the three other challenged provisions went too far in intruding on federal law, including one provision that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to work and another that requires them to carry their documents.

Read the full decision here.

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