Updated 06/25/2012 08:42 PM
Supreme Court delivers decision on immigration
The Supreme Court delivered a mixed decision on Arizona’s immigration law Monday, letting stand one of its most controversial provisions while striking down the rest of the law. Our Bobby Cuza breaks it all down.
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UNITED STATES -- Critics say it’s a recipe for racial profiling: Allowing Arizona police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop, if there’s reasonable suspicion the person's here illegally.
"This is a dark day for civil rights in America,” said Deepak Bhargava.
"It basically is allowing law enforcement to go forward and racially profile poor people and people of color," Marielena Hincapie said.
Monday, in a five to three decision, the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s immigration law, ruling that provisions making it a state crime not to carry documents, for illegal immigrants to look for work and allowing warrantless arrests for those suspected of deportable offenses, all interfere with federal authority.
But the court ruled unanimously that checking papers is permissible. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer claimed victory and took a swipe at President Obama.
"Instead of devoting resources to suing states like Arizona, the federal government should have spent time, money and energy on fixing the problem," Brewer said.
"Broadly speaking, the administration prevailed today," said Tejinder Singh.
But some observers point out the court left the door open to future legal challenges and generally sided with the White House.
Singh said, "The way that the law was decided and set forth by the court is generally quite favorable to the administration’s posture: That is, that immigration is a federal issue, not a state one."
In a statement, President Obama said, "No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like. Going forward, we must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans."
Immigration isn’t the only controversial issue the Supreme Court is tackling in this election year. Next up: An even more hotly anticipated ruling on the Obama health care bill. That decision is expected Thursday.