On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a challenge to Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070), adding to a list of high-profile cases for the court’s coming term.
Arizona asked the court to allow the State to enforce legislation that was blocked after being challenged by the Administration of Barack Obama, including provisions that would enable police officers to question immigration status if they suspect a person is in the country illegally.
“I would like to commend the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision to review and hear arguments pertaining to the federal court injunction,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in a statement. “I am confident the High Court will uphold Arizona’s constitutional authority and obligation to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens.”
The Justice Department contends that the State is encroaching upon its authority because Arizona’s immigration laws are “expressly designed to rival or supplant that of the Federal government,” according to The Hill.
Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor in the Obama Administration, recused herself from the case.
According to The Associated Press, the court will hear oral arguments in late April.