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Supreme Court to Review Arizona Immigration Law

December 13, 2011
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The United States Supreme Court will rule on the Arizona law giving the state power to identify illegal immigrants.

Under the law, the state:

  • requires law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop, if they have reason to believe he might be an illegal immigrant
  • requires law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they arrest
  • requires immigrants to register under a federal law and makes it unlawful for illegal immigrants to work or look for work
  • Allows the police to arrest people without warrants if they believe that they have done things that would make them deportable under federal law.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, blocked all four provisions.

Arizona governor, Jan Brewer said: “I was stunned at the audacity of the Obama administration to file suit against an individual state seeking to safeguard its people. That shock turned to outrage as the federal government proceeded to file suit against three more states — South Carolina, Alabama and now Utah — that followed Arizona’s lead.”

The Supreme Court will probably issue its ruling on the Arizona law in the spring of 2012.

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