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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate three out of four provisions at issue in Arizona’s SB 1070 did not provide a clear victory to the proponents or opponents of the law. Instead it clarified that immigration enforcement is largely a federal responsibility and state’s are limited in addressing immigration issues.

The “heart of the law,” as  Arizona Governor Brewer described it, remained intact and it allows law enforcement officers to inquire and verify citizenship status when making  a legal stop.  But that is all they can do.  They cannot arrest an undocumented immigrant.  The provision that allowed a warrantless arrest based on a suspicion of an immigrant’s status was invalidated by the Court.  Only federal officials can detain, arrest, and deport undocumented immigrants.

Opponents still believe that the remaining provision will lead to racial profiling and harassment. Legal challenges are guaranteed when the provision goes into effect.

The immigration debate continues.


Written by Admin

June 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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