SCOTUS: 3 of 4 Provisions in Ariz. Immigration Law Invalid

The Supreme Court strikes down Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants.


The Supreme Court struck down three of four provisions Monday in a controversial Arizona immigration law bill enacted in 2010 to address pressing issues related to illegal immigrants in the state.

The one provision upheld by the court requires that local police officers must check a person's immigration status while enforcing the law. Section 2B requires state officers to make a "reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of any person they stop, detain, or arrest on some other legitimate basis if reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States."

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The law also provides that "any person who is arrested shall have the person's immigration status determined before the person is released."

The justices said Monday that this provision still could be subject to additional legal challenges, according to the Associated Press.

The five justices in the majority struck down the provisions that made it illegal for immigrants to be without registration documents, to search for employment without work permits, and allowed police to take "any alien" into custody who is deportable for having committed a specified offense.

You can read the full decision here.

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