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    Supreme Court may weigh in on Arizona immigration law

    Supreme Court may weigh in on Arizona immigration law

    It would be the second hot political issue, after Obama's healthcare law, the justices could rule on during a presidential election year.

    By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    December 11, 2011
    Reporting from Washington—

    The Supreme Court, already poised to decide one hot-button political issue during an election year, may also tackle the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's law requiring its police to check the immigration status of people who are stopped.

    At issue is not only who can enforce immigration laws but also what the policy should be for the millions of illegal immigrants living and working in the country. President Obama's team has targeted for deportation illegal immigrants who are criminals, smugglers and repeat border crossers, not those who obey the criminal laws.

    Last year, the administration went to court in Phoenix to block Arizona's stepped-up enforcement law, known as SB 1070. Administration lawyers argued that the power to enforce immigration laws rested exclusively with the federal government, and they won rulings that put Arizona's law on hold.

    But Republican Gov. Jan Brewer appealed to the high court and urged the justices to revive the law. The federal enforcement system is "broken," Arizona's lawyers argued, and states should be accorded the "police power" to enforce the law within their borders.

    The justices met Friday to consider the issue, and they may announce Monday whether they will hear Arizona's appeal.

    The court has already agreed to decide whether the Obama healthcare law is constitutional. If it takes the immigration case as well, both decisions probably would come down by late June, just months before the presidential nominating conventions.

    Since taking office, the administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants, and it has gone after employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. At the same time, its lawyers have stressed that "mere unlawful presence" in this country is a civil violation but not a crime.

    A Supreme Court ruling in a federal-state clash over immigration would be one of the most significant decisions of 2012.

    A poll by the Pew Research Center showed strong support for the Arizona law, especially among white voters. Of people surveyed in February, 61% approved of the law, with 34% opposed. Whites backed it nearly 3 to 1, while Latinos disapproved 3 to 1.

    In addition to opposing the Arizona law, the Obama administration has contested similar immigration enforcement laws adopted by Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah.

    Americans voters are closely split over what should be done about illegal immigration, Pew reported last month. When given a choice between "stronger enforcement" or a "path to citizenship," 29% said they favored enforcement, 24% said a path to citizenship, and 43% said both should be given equal priority.

    When asked whether students who are illegal immigrants should be eligible for in-state college tuition, the respondents were almost evenly split: 48% said they should be eligible, and 46% disagreed.

    "Americans really are of two minds on immigration. Republicans have more fire in the belly for stronger enforcement. But politically, it is also a very big issue because of Hispanics," said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.

    The administration's lawyers would prefer that the Supreme Court steer clear of the issue. "There is no reason … to step in now," Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. advised the court last month. He contended that Arizona had no right to "pursue its own policy" for stopping and detaining people who are suspected of being illegal immigrants.

    If the high court turns down Arizona's appeal, it will be a significant political victory for the administration. By going to court, it will have succeeded in blunting tougher enforcement laws that were strongly opposed by Latinos. But if the court votes to hear the case in the spring, it will elevate illegal immigration as a political issue.

    The immigration case, like the healthcare case, pits Republican-led states against the Democratic administration. It also features the same lawyer. Paul D. Clement, the U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush, is representing the 26 Republican-led states that say the healthcare law should be struck down as unconstitutional. He also represents Arizona in its bid to revive its immigration law.

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    It is our federal government that has caused this mess. If they would have simply enforced our immigration laws after the '86 amnesty this country wouldn't be torn apart by this. Sure hope the Supreme Court hears this issue to help resolve the chaos our politicans have created.
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    I also hope the US Supreme Court hears this case and rules in favor of Arizona and the States doing the job the federal government has refused to do. States have the inherent right to protect their coffers from abuse by foreign nationals; the absolute right and duty to enforce federal laws from labor to education to immigration to environmental, trade, civil rights, treaties and every other matter that directly impacts their territory and citizens. In what universe can you argue that states and citizens required to abide federal law can not replicate that law and enforce federal law? From what planet would a federal government want to prevent its states and communities from upholding and enforcing the law of the land?

    Such a concept is from the Theater of the Absurd. The federal government should want the states to enforce the law of the land, so that the only time the federal government needs to be involved is when a state is refusing to uphold and enforce the law of the land.

    The insanity raging throughout this country based on the whims and actions of foreign nationals, foreign interests, foreign businesses and foreign governments is unprecedented.
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    Sotomayor should recuse herself, we all know where SHE stands

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    Good luck Gov jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomas
    Sotomayor should recuse herself, we all know where SHE stands
    Kagan has recused herself due to her prior work on the case. Now if she would only recuse herself on the healthcare review.
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