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Democrats and Republicans scrambled for election-year gain from the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that threw out key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law but upheld one that requires police to check the status of people who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally. Democrats are saying that the ruling now will lead to racial profiling while Republicans said it strengthens the right of states to make and enforce their own immigration policies.
As many as 200 activists with some of them chanting: Go Joe, Go Joe, rallied in Arizona on Saturday to support the Sheriff who is facing a federal racial-profiling probe for his police sweeps against illegal immigrants.
When the US Supreme Court rules next year on Arizona’s immigration crackdown, it could turn how much a state can intrude on federal government enforcement powers. On Monday, the highest court agreed to hear the case, whether federal immigration laws take precedence and so preempt Arizona’s law boosting the power of local police to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona has announced on Monday that she will ask the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put the most controversial parts of the state’s immigration enforcement law on hold. This comes after Brewer lost an appeal on April 11, when a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reverse a lower court’s order that prevented key parts of the law from being enforced.
Ruling of the panel was that federal officials were likely to prove the law is unconstitutional and succeed in their argument that Congress has given the federal government sole authority to enforce immigration laws. Yet Brewer’s attorneys have argued that the federal government hasn’t effectively enforced any immigration law at the border, and in Arizona’s interior and that the state’s intent in passing the law was to assist federal authorities as Congress has encouraged.
On Thursday, the Arizona Senate defeated bills intended to force a Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The bills were defeated on votes of 12-18 and 11-19 as majority Republicans split on the issue. Also defeated was a bill that would have required hospitals to contact federal immigration officials or local law enforcement if people being treated lack insurance and can’t demonstrate legal status. Also defeated was a bill to require schools to file reports on enrollments of illegal immigrant students.
And supporters of the measures said they would have saved taxpayers while opponents said passing new laws on the contentious issue would damage the state’s still-ailing economy.