Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070

Immigration News Flash

The Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling on Monday in the Obama administration’s challenge to Arizona SB 1070. By a 5-3 margin, the Justices upheld the injunction against provisions of the law that authorize police to arrest lawfully present immigrants suspected of committing removable offenses (Section 6), and that impose penalties under state law for immigrants who fail to carry “registration” papers (Section 3) or attempt to work without federal authorization (Section 5). However, the Court lifted as premature the injunction against the provision of SB 1070 requiring police to determine the immigration status of people they stop or arrest if “reasonable suspicion” exists that they are in the country unlawfully (Section 2(B)).

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