Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SCOTUS Guts Arizona's "Papers Please" Law

Today the Supreme Court delivered a partial victory in the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's aggressive immigration law.

The Court tossed out 3 or the 4 main provisions in the Arizona's SB 1070 or "Papers Please" law. The 3 parts that were ruled unconstitutional would have:
  • ...required all immigrants to carry immigration registration papers
  • ...allowed police to arrest anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant without having a warrant
  • ...made it a criminal offense for an illegal immigrant to look for or hold a job
The court upheld the so-called "show me your papers" requirement because it isn't in effect yet so it cannot yet be ruled unconstitutional.

The part of the law the court "upheld" would:
  • ...require police to check the immigration status of anyone they detain if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are here unlawfully
Additionally the court undercut the measure by prohibiting police from arresting people on minor immigration charges basically eviscerating this remaining measure.

In total this was a bad day if you are worked for Fox News, are an Arizona racist or are the delusional Jan Brewer.

Speaking of the delusional Jan Brewer, here is a video of her claiming victory today after the court's ruling against her beloved SB 1070...

She's zany and gives me the willies!

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