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Supreme Court Knocks Down Most of Arizona’s Immigration Law, Upholds One Key Provesion

The United States Supreme Court today knocked down 3 out of 4 provisions of Arizona’s Immigration law, but did uphold one key provision that caused a lot of controversy. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona’s tough-immigration law but struck down others as intrusions on federal sovereignty, in a ruling that gave both sides something to cheer in advance of November elections where immigration is a major issue.

The court backed a section of the Arizona state law that calls for police to check the immigration status of people they stop.

That section was one of four at issue before the high court. The others make it a crime for immigrants without work permits to seek employment; make it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry registration documents, and authorize the police to arrest any immigrant they believe has committed a deportable offense. Those other three provisions were struck down.

Five justices were in the majority choosing to strike down the three provisions. Dissenting justices argued that the whole law should have been upheld.

The question now for Arizona is will the law hold up with only one provision being upheld or will the state have to go back to the drawing board. What do you think about the Supreme Court’s decision on this issue? Do you think it will have ramification for other states? What effect will this have on the Presidential race?

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