Justices accept Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration reform law
December 12th, 2011
10:31 AM ET
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Justices accept Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration reform law

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Arizona can enforce its controversial immigration reform law, over the objections of the Obama administration. The justices made the announcement in a brief order Monday.

Federal courts had blocked key parts of the state's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, known as SB 1070. Arizona had argued illegal immigration was creating financial hardships and safety concerns for its residents and that the federal government has long failed to control the problem.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    If the federal government had "longed failed to correct the problem", then who are they really pointing the finger at? Arrests and deportations are up, way up, in every border state since the Obama adminstration came to DC.

    December 12, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. diridi

    Please, listen. Do change Citizenship Act. One of the parents need to be Citizen of America before you confer citizenship to the Baby born here. Lot of illegals are giving birth to babies. Thus staying over the period they are allowed by Law. If you care for America, change it now....

    December 12, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "states, such as Arizona, that are grappling with the significant human and financial costs of illegal immigration."

    Translation: "red states, such as Arizona, that are throwing temper tantrums over the political problem of rapidly growing minority populations that vote blue."

    December 12, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "Arrests and deportations are up, way up, in every border state since the Obama adminstration came to DC."

    Indeed...not to mention that he's put more border patrol along the border than has ever been there in our history and has them using drones for the first time too.

    December 12, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. vet in texas

    The issue with AZ's law is this one thing:

    It was written and created by members of the board for the private prisons of that state (CCA), this law generates revenue for them because they have to hold whomever they find who doesn't have the proper documentation. The flaw of the law and what makes is wrong IMHO, is that you didn't mandate ALL citizens, and if just one single legitimate citizen is held than it violates their rights.

    Since we have a huge problem with pedophiles, and description of the majority of pedophiles are middle ages white men, then we should require ALL middle ages white men to carry documentation proving that they aren't registered sex offenders, I mean, we want to keep the kids safe right?

    This is the flaw with that law. If you think we should do it for sex offenders, then we definitely should do it for minorities that have a large number of illegal aliens here.

    December 12, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Debbie

    This has politics written all over it. Knowing the John Roberts court also believes that Corporations are people too I can only imagine how this will go.

    December 12, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "Where are your papers? You don't have them? It looks like it's the Gulag for you"

    December 12, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. marrissa in nc

    "vet in tx" hit this one perfectly on the head!! This legislation was created by the private prisons to increase prison population to increase the amount of state dollars they receive from housing inmates. PERIOD! NPR did an expose of this a few months ago. All citizens should listen to this. If more people knew this type of crap was going on, this type of law would never have been written.

    December 12, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. stevie

    Since the Feds can`t secure our borders, states have to enforce the laws. And anchor babies should not be citizens. The court will do the right thing. Stop the Mexican cross border invasion.

    December 12, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Gurgi

    Which part of the word "illegal" is not understood? Shows a real lack of intelligence for the people that do not understand that word, be they congressmen or private citizen. Does not speak well for the public education system

    December 12, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Here's a thought.

    Illegal is......illegal. That means any level of law enforcement, should be able to detain and turn over to ICE illegal immigrants.

    While the federal government has the authority to decide how many and who gets in, legally........they should NOT be able to protect illegals, from any law enforcement agency at any level of government.

    Our laws need to be enforced, by all levels of law enforcement.

    December 12, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    stevie wrote:

    Since the Feds can`t secure our borders, states have to enforce the laws. And anchor babies should not be citizens. The court will do the right thing. Stop the Mexican cross border invasion.
    -----------
    Stop, in the name of facts. The clause in the 14th Amendment [don't forget that conservatives have uniformly expressed their desire to repeal it and re-write it] that declares children born in the United States citizens was included for the freed slaves. Slaves had been denied any sort of rights and citizenship, and that clause was supposed to serve to grant them individual rights and US citizenship.

    December 12, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    Our laws need to be enforced, by all levels of law enforcement.
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    Yeah, they do. You should do a web search about the history of the IRS I-9 [eye-nine] form. While it was Reagan who first introduced it to retard the motive and stem the tide of carribean immigrants and Haitian boat people, it was more Republicans [both of whom were named Bush] who relaxed the enforcement of it once it became apparent that there was a cheap labor force willing to come into theis country and work jobs traditionally held by union workers. Senior said you no longer needed to send it in, and Junior said you no longer needed to keep it one file and could toss it after 3 years.

    December 12, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |