WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
Liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration's argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere.
Senate Bill 1070 may be Arizona’s most famous self-deportation bill, but it was not the first. Long before legislators came up with a law that would make it difficult to live in Arizona, they passed a law that made it difficult to work in Arizona. This was the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act.
The Senate Judiciary subcommittee took a closer look at Arizona's SB 1070. The law is designed to give police more power to detain and arrest those not in thge country legally. Schumer contends -- as does the Department of Justice -- that states can enforce immigration laws only with federal permission.
A federal judge stopped the most controversial parts of Arizona's 2010 immigration law from going into effect. But supporters say that hasn't prevented the law from achieving one of its stated goals: Thousands of people who were living in Arizona illegally have left.
Jossie is one of them.
"A lot of time when the police was driving behind me, start shaking my body, stop breathing," says the mother of two teenagers, who now lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jossie is still afraid of getting deported, so we agreed not to use her last name.
PHOENIX (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona's immigration enforcement law on April 25, in the last such hearing of the high court's current term. The court will review a federal appeals court decision that upheld a judge's ruling blocking key provisions of the Arizona law. One of those provisions requires that police, while enforcing other laws, question a person's immigration status if officers have reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.
This is what Enrique thought when he first noticed Ramona, a pretty brunette from Mexico, "It was as if I had seen the most beautiful girl in the whole world standing in front of me, and from then on we've been together.
"Its been about 10 years," says Ramona. "And it still feels like the first day."
The Department of Justice’s report alleging civil rights abuses in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had immediate repercussions. Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that her department had severed its cooperative agreements with the sheriff’s office. The decision strips Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the ability to enforce federal immigration laws.
Attorney General Tom Horne says he believes Arizona has a good case when the U.S Supreme Court hears arguments in late April, on the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law, known as 1070.
The Supreme Court hearing comes at the request of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. It follows a decision by the 9thU-S Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an injunction against key sections of the law. Among those sections is a requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.