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Monday, June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Key Part Of Arizona Immigration Law

The Supreme Court backed the part of Arizona’s tough immigration law that allows for police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop.

Others components of the bill were struck down though — they include:

  • The part that makes it a crime for an immigrant without work papers to look for a job
  • The part that requires police to arrest anyone who they believe has committed a deportable offense –
  • The part of the law that makes it a crime if an immigrant fails to carry proper documents

The high court also ruled on a case regarding campaign finance. By a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said the 2010 decision in the Citizen’s United case applies to state laws on campaign finance. In doing so, the justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign financing.

Read more at SCOTUS Blog. And tell us what you think of the decisions.

Guests:

  • Emily Bazelon, legal affairs editor at Slate

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2FMDO2HG4GX7EGKCG7AIVTQOAM donald s

    If the police still get to ask for your papers at your car window, won’t that continue a dangerous precedent of racial profiling? Will Muslims be protected or suspect? This is a grave echo of a time not too far in the distant past when Germany mandated that Jews must carry their papers too and wear a Star of David armband. Many times during European history Jews were without a country of their own, even though they lived everywhere in Europe. It’s time Obama addressed the immigration issue once and for all so we do not become a Fascist country.

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