Supreme Court ruling on Arizona immigration laws

The Supreme Court today struck down most of Arizona’s controversial law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants, but said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported.

The decision, however, is a partial victory for both Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and President Obama.

The Court has decided to back the “check your papers” section, which allows police to check the immigration status of people they’ve stopped if “reasonable suspicion” exists. This was one of four sections that were discussed today.

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The justices, however, decided that the police will have limited authority and must check with federal immigration agents before deciding to hold suspects.

The other three discussed sections make it a crime for immigrants to work without work permits to seek employment, to fail to carry registration documents, and to authorize the police to arrest any immigrant they believe has committed a deportable offense. These provisions were struck down.

The Court’s decision appears to give states such as Arizona a quite limited role in enforcing the laws against illegal immigrants. State police can notify federal agents if they have a suspect in custody, but they are not allowed to keep them in a county jail on state charges.

While some believe tough immigration will secure our borders, opponents of such laws say it unfairly criminalizes otherwise law-abiding people and encourages racial profiling of Hispanics.

For additional information about Texas immigration laws, deportation, family visas, or business visas, contact the Dallas immigration lawyers at M&A Law Firm at 972-782-1664, 1-866-789-1664, or email at

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