Supreme Court Strikes Down Most Provisions of Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law
July 3rd, 2012
On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court struck down most provisions of Arizona's immigration-related law, allowing to stand one provision requiring police to verify the immigration status in certain circumstances of those they have stopped, detained, or arrested and whom they suspect may not be in the United States legally. The provisions that were struck down included requiring immigrants to carry documentation, making seeking or engaging in unauthorized work a state misdemeanor crime, and allowing warrantless arrests of suspected undocumented persons who may have committed a removable offense. The Court noted that the federal government is responsible for immigration and removal.
Five other states (Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah) have similar laws, which may be challenged following the Supreme Court outcome.
Several media quoted Miller Mayer’s Steve Yale-Loehr about the Supreme Court's ruling, including Voice of America click here, WNYC click here, La Opinión click here, Contra Costa Times and other California papers click here.
Steve was also interviewed on the BBC international news hour radio program and NPR's All Things Considered.
The decision is available here.