Supreme Court To Rule On Immigration Law In Arizona

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Supreme Court To Rule On Immigration Law In Arizona, The Supreme Court on Monday said it will rule for the first time on one of several tough, new state immigration laws, with a decision coming in the middle of the 2012 presidential election campaign. Potentially deepening political divisions over the contentious immigration policy issue, the court will decide if key parts of an Arizona crackdown can proceed. The ruling could have implications for similar tough laws adopted recently in other states – including South Carolina, Alabama, Utah, Georgia, and Indiana

A decision upholding the Arizona law would be a legal and political blow to President Barack Obama, who has criticized it, as he seeks re-election. A pro-Arizona ruling also could encourage other states to pursue equally harsh measures.

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case comes on the same day that 33 Hispanic Roman Catholic Bishops in the US released a strongly worded letter suggesting illegal immigrants deserve thanks from Americans and calling for “denunciation of the forces which oppress them.”

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The bishops have come out in support of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants before — as they did again Monday — but the letter uses stronger language and goes further in offering support to undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s decision to intervene in the Arizona immigration law was a setback for the administration, which sued to challenge the law and urged the justices to reject Arizona’s appeal.

The law requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they detain and suspect of being in the nation illegally. Other parts require immigrants to carry their papers at all times and ban people without proper documents from soliciting for work in public places.

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