Supreme Court upholds Arizona immigration law key provision

Supreme Court upholds Arizona immigration law key provision


06/26/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Phoenix, Arizona – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down several components of the state of Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, despite rejecting several provisions of measure on Monday, the High Court ruled in favor of one key component, which may require many to show authorities proof of legal status when stopped and asked for verification.

As noted in the report, many fear enforcement of the law will likely lead to an increase in civil rights complaints and related lawsuits, which could interfere in the availability of manpower in dealing with unrelated crimes in the state.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor is quoted in the report as stating of the potential impact in enforcing the measure, “We absolutely expect lawsuits on both sides of this issue… This will result in our officers being tied up in court rather than working on the streets to reduce crime.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer referred to Monday’s decision in upholding the provision of the law as “a victory for the rule of law.”

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