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The Men and Women in Black are at it again.
They’ve kept the nation on edge waiting for two big politically-charged decisions.
First up: the Arizona tough and daring immigration law.
The Supreme Court delivered their decision for that case on Monday (available here). The jurists decided to strike down several key provisions of the controversial law.
These included the banning of illegal immigrants from seeking work in public places, made it a state crime to not carry immigration papers at all times, and allowed police to arrest immigrants without a warrant if officers believed they had committed a crime which made them deportable.
Despite these changes, the court did uphold one of the most controversial provisions of the legislation, which required police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop, even for minor traffic offenses.
Reactions to the court decision varied. President Obama has said of the decision,
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law…At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision”.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said of the decision,
“Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy…I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities”.
However, the Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer called the decision,
“A victory for the rule of law”.
With the Supreme Court set to release another landmark decision Thursday, this time on the “Obamacare” health care law, we here at US Democrazy can only guess at the electoral fallout that will stem from the Supreme Court’s moment in the spotlight.