Supreme Court to give its verdict on Arizona’s Immigration Law
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would decide whether Arizona may impose tough anti-immigration measures.
The development is significant as the Republican-controlled Arizona legislature makes it a crime to be in Arizona without immigration papers.
The bill requires legal immigrants to carry their registration documents all the times, as it allows police officers to question anyone they suspect to be an illegal immigrant.
The law was purportedly passed to block the flood of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and to reduce trafficking, besides other crimes in the area..
The Obama administration challenged parts of the law in court, claiming that it could not be reconciled with federal immigration laws and policies.
The enforcement of parts of the law was blocked in United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, in April.
Already celebrities, including Seth MacFarlane, Eva Longoria, John Cusack, George Lopez, Soulja Boy, Shakira, Ricky Martin and Linda Ronstadt, have aired strong views against the law that allows the authorities to stop anyone they think may be an illegal immigrant.
President Barack Obama believes the law is misguided; and had also met Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in this regard.
The Obama administration argued the Arizona law was unconstitutional, as immigration was the responsibility of the federal government, not each state.
Religious leaders in the US and Latin America have also condemned Arizona’s contentious new immigration law.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer condemned the lawsuit. Describing it “a waste of taxpayer funds”, the Governor said the state law was needed because the federal government had not done its job.
In a statement, Brewer said: “As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels. Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice.