The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against the State of Arizona. The ruling stopped parts of the state’s immigration law from going into effect. The court said they were unconstitutional.
The law would have made the police question people about their immigration status if:
- They had been stopped for other reasons such as speeding
- The officers had reasonable suspicion that they were illegal immigrants
Also challenged were provisions requiring immigrants to carry their papers and making it a violation for illegal immigrants to work or look for work.
The court said the state had overstepped its authority.
The state could appeal the decision to the full Ninth Circuit, or it could immediately appeal to the Supreme Court. State Senator Russell K. Pearce, a Republican said the issue would ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas are considering laws. Lawmakers in Utah took a different view. They voted for a milder enforcement bill, but also voted to create a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.