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.