Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument over Arizona Immigration Law

The controversy continues with Arizona’s immigration law, as several Supreme Court justices hinted toward advocating the state law that will require law enforcement officials to check records of individuals they believe are in the country illegally without U.S. citizenship.

In a hearing held on April 25, Supreme Court justices met with Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, former Arizona state Senate president and architect of the law Russell Pearce, lawyers representing the Obama administration as well as civil rights lawyers.

Although in the hearing both sides mainly argued over Section 2(B) of the law, which has been deemed the “show me your papers,” law by several media outlets, there are three other provisions that the state is expected to focus on: Section 3, which makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to not have their federal registration cards with them at all times; Section 5(C), which makes it a state crime for illegal immigrants to work or apply for work; and, Section 6, which will allow state and local police to arrest illegal immigrants without a warrant.

Florida, Michigan, California, New York and 12 other states support the Arizona law and argue that the bill does not conflict with federal law. A decision in the immigration case is expected to be made by early June.

The Obama administration has been fighting the immigration law for two years, citing that the maximum-enforcement regulations are a conflict with federal government policies and ignite racial profiling among Hispanics. However, Arizona argues that because the state has a 370-mile border with Mexico, it has been a target for many illegal immigration situations and that the law is in accordance with federal immigration policy.