Supreme Court Rules, Upholds Parts of SB 1070 Immigration Law

Strikes down 3 of 4 provisions in AZ immigration law…

The Supreme Court has struck down most of the controversial Arizona immigration law, but upheld for now a key provision that required police officers to check the immigration status of those they suspect may be in the country illegally.
The provision on mandatory checks during routine stops will now kick back to a lower court for review, and could still be subject to challenge. The rest of the ruling, though, definitively strikes down three other provisions in Arizona’s controversial law.
Those provisions had made it a crime for immigrants to look for work without work permits and to not carry their immigration papers, and let police arrest those whom they suspect committed crimes for which they could be deported.
The federal government had claimed the law encroached on its authority to enforce immigration law.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion, which was released Monday, on behalf of the majority.
“Discretion in the enforcement of immigration law embraces immediate human concerns,” he said. “Unauthorized workers trying to support their families, for example, likely pose less danger than alien smugglers or aliens who commit a serious crime. The equities of an individual case may turn on many factors, including whether the alien has children born in the United States, long ties to the community, or a record of distinguished military service. Some discretionary decisions involve policy choices that bear on this Nation’s international relations.”
He added: “The pervasiveness of federal regulation does not diminish the importance of immigration policy to the States. Arizona bears many of the consequences of unlawful immigration.”

LA Times

The justices said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported.

Police must check with federal immigration agents before deciding to hold the suspects.

The justices also blocked parts of the Arizona’s SB 1070 that would have made it state crime for illegal immigrants to carry documents or to seek work.

FYI Court notes it’s decision on Obamacare will be on Thursday! That is their last day btw, so they will be issuing their decision probably as they hurry out of the court building getting out of dodge when SHTF!