In a widely anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that most parts of the controversial Arizona immigration law SB1070 are unconstitutional, striking down 3 of 4 major parts of the law. It did uphold perhaps the most important and most controversial part of the law: that law enforcement can check a person's immigration status if there is a reasonable suspicion that the suspect is in the US illegally.
See the Supreme Court's decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf
My quick opinion:
I've read through Twitter and have seen that many on the right are saying this is a "major victory" for Arizona and a "major defeat" for the Obama administration. I'm a little confused by this. I'm pretty darned conservative, but not to the point of spinning away truth. I'm looking for clarification, because to me, all feelings about immigration and Arizona's handling of it aside, this ruling seems like a victory for the Obama administration.
Why do I feel that the right is already "over-trumpeting" this as a victory? Well, the rulings are:
- The SCOTUS overturned the part of the law that would require aliens to carry immigration papers.
- The SCOTUS overturned the part of the law saying that prohibited illegal aliens from trying to obtain work claiming federal law overrode state law.
- The SCOTUS overturned the part of the law police cannot arrest someone based solely on the suspicion they are in the country illegally.
- The SCOTUS upheld the part of the law that says law enforcement can ask to see immigration status papers if a suspect is arrested as part of another crime, but the SCOTUS made this clear it was was upheld based on procedural issues.
So, my case is right there. In all honesty, I'm not seeing this as a strong "victory" for conservatives or Arizona. Am I off base? Let me know. This is an interesting debate for certain.
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