Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Just in from Washington

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Arizona Immigration Law

Washington--The U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday its plans to hear Arizona’s appeal of a ruling against its immigration law, which, among other things, requires local police to question people they stop about their immigration status.

Responding to a challenge to the Arizona statute by the U.S. Justice Department, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state was interfering with the federal government’s authority over immigration. The court stopped enforcement of parts of the law.

Arizona’s law is considered among the most stringent in the country, but there are other states taking a similar approach and the Supreme Court’s decision will impact them, too.

The U.S. Justice Department has also filed suit against Alabama for its new immigration law, which the federal government says oversteps the state’s minimal authority over immigration. As in Arizona, the Alabama statute requires police to do an immigration status check during traffic stops.

Bloomberg article

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