U.S. Supreme Court upholds biggest pieces of Arizona’s immigration law

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It’s the biggest decision so far this year by the U.S. Supreme Court – a mixed ruling on Arizona’s controversial immigration law. On Monday, the highest court in the land threw out pieces of Arizona law as unconstitutional.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signaled the decision as a victory for the rule of law and the right of states to defend their citizens.

In effect, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was indeed constitutional for law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is not in the U.S. legally – and that it is not solely the job of the federal government to do so.

Marielena Hincapie with the National Immigration Law Center said “It basically is allowing law enforcement to go forward and racially profile poor people and people of color. We believe this is a decision that does set back civil rights. We vow to continue fighting.”

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