The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s controversial immigration law Monday (June 25), marking a victory for those supporting either side of the issue. In a 5-3 ruling, the court moved to end certain parts of the law, but upheld officers’ right to check suspected immigrants’ citizen status, if they see fit. However, granting authorities the power to further investigate alleged immigrants is a form of racial profiling, which is at the brunt of the law’s controversy.
Despite their ruling, the federal government has the ultimate say in how the law will be regulated. “The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.
“There is a basic uncertainty about what the law means and how it will be enforced,” he added.
A partial victory on immigration will likely help President Obama snag the coveted Hispanic vote, because he has come out against the immigration policy, and took issue with the court allowing police to lawfully profile minorities.
On the contrary, Mitt Romney’s support of the state’s policy, may turn minority voters off. Following the news, Romney remarked that he “would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states, not less.” Going forward, the Republican presidential hopeful will look to sidestep his thoughts on the ruling, by keeping the focus of his campaign on the state of the economy.
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