CHART OF THE DAY: Was The Arizona Immigration Law Working?

Homeland Security data suggests the AZ immigration law was actually working

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Research by Simon Owens

The Supreme Court mostly struck down Arizona's controversial immigration law on Monday, but let stand a provision in which police can check a person's immigration status if they were stopped for another reason.

President Obama welcomed the decision, saying: "No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like."

But was the law working?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the population of undocumented immigrants in Arizona has fallen by more than 100,000 since the law was signed in 2010. For perspective, that's equivalent to a mass exodus of 1/6 of D.C. residents.

While Arizona's struggling economy may have pushed some undocumented immigrants to leave, tougher immigration enforcement likely also played a part.

With that in mind, do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling?

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at eflock@usnews.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.