by James Buchanan. A recent news article reports “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Arizona can require police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop.. But the court (struck down) three sections of SB1070… including:
• Making it a state crime for an illegal immigrant to not carry federal documentation
• Making it a state crime for illegal immigrants to seek work
• Allowing police officers to arrest people without warrants on suspicion that they’ve committed crimes making them removable from the country.”
The first two items could be considered Arizona “piling on” charges against illegal aliens since almost every illegal alien is going to be be looking for work and will not have federal documentation.
The third item wanted to waive the need for a warrant for certain arrests, but the state of Arizona could arrange for a judge to be available 24/7 to write out warrants to arrest illegals as police run across them so it is possible to work around this issue.
It looks like FAIR (The Federation for American Immigration Reform) supports this decision and isn’t too worried about the provisions that were struck down.
A press release from FAIR reports “Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), called today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding key provision of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070, ‘an important victory for the people of Arizona and citizens everywhere who want their jobs, tax dollars and security protected from mass illegal immigration.’”
“‘The United States Supreme Court has made it very clear that state and local governments have an important role to play in enforcing federal immigration laws. Even if the Obama administration refuses to enforce most immigration laws, states have the power to deter and discourage illegal aliens from settling or remaining within their jurisdictions…’”