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Supreme Court Strikes Down Most Provisions of Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law

On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court struck down most provisions of Arizona's immigration-related law, allowing to stand one provision requiring police to verify the immigration status in certain circumstances of those they have stopped, detained, or arrested and whom they suspect may not be in the United States legally. The provisions that were struck down included requiring immigrants to carry documentation, making seeking or engaging in unauthorized work a state misdemeanor crime, and allowing warrantless arrests of suspected undocumented persons who may have committed a removable offense. The Court noted that the federal government is responsible for immigration and removal.

Five other states (Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah) have similar laws, which may be challenged following the Supreme Court outcome.

The Decision

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