Key elements of Arizona immigration law struck down by Supreme Court
June 25th, 2012
10:25 AM ET
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Key elements of Arizona immigration law struck down by Supreme Court

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the U.S. government Monday in a controversial case involving an Arizona law that sought to crack down on illegal immigration.

The court struck down key parts of the Arizona law in a 5-3 ruling sure to ripple across the political landscape in a presidential election year.

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  1. rs

    Arizona's ultra-right GOP and Governor made this an election issue in 2010. Despite record deportations and arrests along the border; despite the biggest presence ever of Border Patrol and U.S. National Guard, they claimed the federal government was somehow not doing anything about the border crossing problems. Their solution? A state run militia and an attempt to make it legal to stop people for "looking illegal" which by sheer stupidity means in AZ. one could get arrested for DWH, or WWH (Driving while Hispanic or Walking While Hispanic). Good for the Court! This reaffirms some of my suspiciona about justice in America after the disasterous Citizens United decison.

    June 25, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. ST

    God is Great. What a beautiful day! Now the expert of waging fingers in people's face(Jan Brewer) can go and do it to all who have struck down the law.

    June 25, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Brewer should have known better than to have a neo nazi write the language.

    June 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Excellent ruling!

    June 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    By the way, the author of the AZ Immigration Law is (or was) Mittens' immigration advisor.

    June 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    It's funny how defenders of this law whine on about "state's rights," but want the federal government to overturn states that allow same-sex marriages ...

    June 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.: "By the way, the author of the AZ Immigration Law is (or was) Mittens' immigration advisor."

    Russell Pearce is the author of the AZ immigration law; he's a former Arizona State Representative and although a strong supporter of Mittens , I don't think he's an advisor.

    Some of Pearce's statements regarding Mittens (made in April 2012):

    “I don’t want to take credit for being there and helping him write it, but much of his [Mittens] policy was modeled - by people who I’ve worked with - after my legislation.”

    “His [Mittens']immigration policy is identical to mine.”

    BTW, before Mittens, Pearce back Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann ... tells you how many screws that guy has loose ...

    June 25, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. rs

    Wire- Actually the substructure of the law came from ALEC. Pearce just put his hand to it to make it more Arizonan.

    June 25, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @rs: "Despite record deportations and arrests along the border; despite the biggest presence ever of Border Patrol and U.S. National Guard, they claimed the federal government was somehow not doing anything about the border crossing problems."

    That's because the GOP is all about doing everything they can to break the government, then pointing to it and saying, "Look, it's broken – let's get rid of it!"

    June 25, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Thanks to Supreme Court , I hope other states respect supreme court decision

    June 25, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Marty, FL

    And please remember Romney wants to use this AZ law as his national model against the Hispanic communities. No gracias.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 25, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Pander Bear

    Looks like Mitty is going to have to find another "model" for his immigration reform plan.

    June 25, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. abe

    A state cannot create its own rule and it is about time Arizona government has to learn a lesson especially the governor who I do not have any respect and the inhumane sheriff. We live in a great country and let the real law of the country play its role.

    June 25, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Do you know how hard it is to be an Illegal in the U.S.? This ruling will make it a bit harder as if it is not hard enough now. If Obama get's re-elected jobs may not get any better and finding a job that pays a good wage will continue to be difficult. The best thing and the shortest route to citizenship is go back to your country of orign and get in line. The Obama supporters are only Whistling Dixie. The American people want all illegals out and will continue to make it diffucult for the illegal. They don't want their scarce Tax Dollars used to support the illegal.

    June 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    but it upheld the most controversial provision involving police checks on people's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
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    You gotta love the spin liberals are putting this! The court UPHELD the part of the law that most objected to! THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE LAW IN ALL FIFTY STATES!!! Currently illegals roam freely across this country because they know there is little or no chance their illegality will be found out. They need to do everything in their power to arrest these people until they are placed in the hands of federal authorities.

    June 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Peace

    @Marty, FL

    And please remember Romney wants to use this AZ law as his national model against the Hispanic communities. No gracias.
    ------–
    This goes to show how Romney thinks. He knew that the case was at the Supreme Court waiting for ruling, just thought for that moment (during GOP primaries debates) in order to please his base. Is this kind of a leader people want????

    June 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is a welcomed surprise. I can't imagine that there would be an acceptable patchwork of state immigration rules. Apparently SCOTUS agreed with that idea. States aren't as soverign as Scalia believes. It is the federal government that is soverign. Otherwise, each state would have their own ambassadors to countries around the world.

    June 25, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Not sure why baseball mitt face Brewer thinks this a win?

    If the SCOTUS strikes down 3 of the 4 provisions and leaves the 4th for the states lower courts to make a decision on before they will rule on it, not sure that can be counted a "win".

    Brewer appears to have as much brain damage from peroxide abuse as she has skin damage from the sun.

    June 25, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. judy

    should have shut the enire law down. Lets ee how the conservitive court screws up health care. Forward 2012

    June 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |