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Supreme Court Rules On Arizona Immigration Law

June 25, 2012 by  

Supreme Court Rules On Arizona Immigration Law

The Supreme Court has rejected three out of four parts of the Arizona immigration law. The only part not struck down is the section that allows law enforcement to perform immigration checks if the officer has “reasonable suspicion” that a person is in the country illegally.

The court decided that illegal aliens do not have to possess Federal registration cards. They also ruled that it will not be a crime for illegal aliens to work or apply for work. Furthermore, it was decided that State and local police cannot arrest illegal aliens without a warrant even if there is probable cause.

Proponents of the initially proposed law viewed the law as a way of putting power back into the hands of State and local governments. Those who opposed the law believed it promoted racial profiling and punished otherwise upstanding citizens.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • MAP

    If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get
    12 years hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan
    border illegally, you get shot. Two Americans just got
    eight years for crossing the Iranian border. If you
    ~ss the U.S. border illegaly, you get a job, a drive ~
    license, food stamps, a place to live, health care,
    housing, child benefits, education, and a tax free
    business for 7 years? No wonder we’re a country in

    • David

      So terribly sad, yet so terribly true!

    • nc

      Is this a great country or what?? Ever tried to pick strawberries with a tank??

  • Lindsay

    As long as we continue to allow people who are not here legally to obtain FREE medical care, FREE housing, FREE food stamps, FREE everything, those illegals will storm through any fence there might be. The LEGALS here have made the proper choice by applying and getting permission. I was always taught that if you wanted to do something, you needed permission and ILLEGALS DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION!

  • Diana

    I think the portion of the law the Supreme Court upheld is wholly ineffective. All the states’ can do is turn them over to I.C.E. and they release the illegals again. Vicious circle. However, the Supreme Court did rule that immigration law resides with Congress. So much for Obama’s amnesty diktat. Now, the real question is whether Congress will get busy and construct sound immigration policy? I fear it won’t happen before the November election – both parties are reaching out for the Hispanic vote. And therein lies the fundamental problems. Selling America out for votes!

    • http://Twitter Ron Klinesmith`

      You are so right, that’s all they are doing. They make promises until they get into office and than well! We all know what happens I support a change in goverment no matter what needs to happen to make a change.

  • soldier

    If the government of Arizona had any balls in their sack, they would follow Lord Obama’s example and just ignore the law.

    I had a crazy fantasy about a sort of modern day “300″. Just imagine. Get 300 patriots / militia men in full body gear armed to the teeth who are ready to die for the cause of liberty. They then muster somewhere outside of New York and then march into New York City each carrying 5 gallon heavy jugs filled with REGULAR soda (oh the horror). They then park in Times Square, all 300. At any time, lets say 100 sip their soda while the other 200 have assult rifles armed and ready. Their instructions are simple. Dare the police and military to stop them from drinking out of huge containers of soda!!! If the police try to arrest someone, the 300 people use pushing force but not firing guns to prvent it. Hell, even if the police shoot, the 300 dont shoot back. Not until the first patriot DIES, do teh 299 left then unleash hell. They will make the point, THAT THEY WILL DRINK SODA OUT OF WHATEVER SIZE CONTAINER THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE. That idiotic #@%@#%%# rules will go away. This is not a request. This is a hard core demand. If the liberals want to say what we eat and drink, then lets see how badily they want it.

  • Randy

    Each State has the right to have laws that protect thier citizens. I do not belive that the Suprem ecourt should have a say as long as it is not a violation of human rights. Tell them to back off Arizona.

  • Martin

    so lets say
    your driving in L.A. or S.f. Calif, you get hit, what your driving is total, that ok, you live & are not hurt, but your Family or friend is killed!, the one that hit you was not here legally.
    you find out L.A. / S.F. PD had them pulled over 2 weeks before, but let them go because it would be hard on them if they take what they were driving!
    so what you do, the one that hit you took off, has nothing, no Ins, if you sue them you get nothing, but if L.A. / S.F. PD did there job, the guy would not have been here or had a car , you just lost it all because it would to hard on them because they were here not legally,
    Hope it never happens to any one

  • Kinetic1

    Mr. Nash,
    Again, your bias is so pervasive as to misrepresent the true meaning of the court’s decision. The court did not decide that “… it will not be a crime for illegal aliens to work or apply for work.” Congress made that decision back in 1986 when they determined that the employers were responsible for determining whether or not an individual applying for work was legally allowed. This doesn’t make it “legal” for an illegal alien to work. The court simply stated that the state could not create their own law, superseding those or enacting punishment when it is the jurisdiction of the Federal government.

    The same can be said for section 3 requiring individuals to present their papers on the spot. The court ruled that the Federal government is alone responsible for tracking those here legally and that allowing Arizona to create it’s own laws would open the door for all states to create their own immigration laws.

    And how about your assertion that
    “it was decided that State and local police cannot arrest illegal aliens without a warrant even if there is probable cause.”
    You make it sound like the court decided that Illegals were free to commit all the crimes they want! No, Arizona cops can’t arrest an individual just because they can’t prove they are here legally, but they can still arrest them for theft, assault, reckless driving, etc.

    A master of divinity, huh? Wow, you’re sermons should be something to behold.

    A note for those of you who made so much noise about Justice Kagen’s probable decision in this case given here involvement during her time with the Obama administration; note that she recused herself from consideration of the case. If only Justice Thomas were so forthcoming about his wife’s employment at the Heritage foundation when they were involved in a case.


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