Supreme Court upholds portion of Arizona immigration law!/Rebecca_CBSNJ/status/217260209859604480

This morning the Supreme Court finally handed down a decision on the Obama administration’s challenge to SB 1070, the Arizona immigration measure signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010. While much of the law was struck down, law enforcement officers will be able to check immigration status when people are arrested.

Here's a link to the opinion in Arizona v. US:

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) June 25, 2012

Scalia, Thomas and Alito filed 3 separate opinions, each one concurring in part and dissenting in part

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS has upheld AZ 1070 in part: "come back when you've found someone harmed by the law," basically.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

SCOTUSblog Amy Howe: Justice Scalia began his dissent by saying that he would uphold all parts of the Arizona law.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) June 25, 2012

J. Sotomayor joined the other 7 justices (J. Kagan recused) in upholding the #SB1070 police investigation provision.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 25, 2012

The Court did not share its Obamacare decision today.

#SCOTUS #ACA opinion will be released Thursday 10am EDT.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 25, 2012

There’s a bit of media disagreement about how to present the news.

Fox News: Arizona's immigration law upheld, CNN: Arizona's immigration rejected

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 25, 2012

Key takeaways from United States v. Arizona:

SCOTUS: Arizona may have "understandable frustrations" but "may not pursue policies that undermine federal law."

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 25, 2012

Too bad the federal government refuses to do its job.

#SCOTUS strikes down most of #SB1070. Demand to see papers survives, for now.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 25, 2012

SupCt finds much of SB1070 pre-empted by federal law but rules requiring LEOs to check the legal status of arrestees before release valid

— Dodd (@Amuk3) June 25, 2012

It's a mixed bag on #SB1070, but major victory for rule of law. AZ police can now check arrestees' immigration status.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS: If police stop you for another issue and have reasonable suspicion to doubt immigration status, they can check & arrest.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS cautions: once this law goes into effect, the AZ immigration statutes can be subject to challenge.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS has struck down the part of the law that prohibited illegal immigrants from soliciting work. That conflicts with Fed law.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS has struck down requirement that immigration papers must be carried on the person.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS has struck down penalty for illegal immigrants applying or seeking federal registration of any kind.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 25, 2012

The part of #SB1070 decision that hurts is that states now can't punish employers who hire unauthorized workers.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 25, 2012

Yes, you're right, although stays in place for now. RT @jakewalker: @AlisonFrankel not really “upheld” so much as not dealt with yet, no?

— Alison Frankel (@AlisonFrankel) June 25, 2012

Supreme Court on Arizona immigration law: "it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the United States"

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 25, 2012

SCOTUSblog calls this a broad win for the Obama administration.

#SCOTUS ruling on #SB1070 is broad, but not total, win for Obama Administration. AZ must apply "See your papers" narrowly to survive.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 25, 2012

Where do we go from here?

It was a preemption challenge. The civil rights lawsuits are yet to come. And they will. #SB1070

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 25, 2012

A few perfect morsels of snark for the occasion:

I don't like #SCOTUS' opinion on the AZ case. So that means the Court is nakedly political and engaged in a coup d'etat.

— Avik Roy (@Avik) June 25, 2012

#SCOTUS is only political when it disagrees with me. RT @JohnRambleRed: But you reserve the right to change that position later this week?

— Avik Roy (@Avik) June 25, 2012

Due to her AZ decision, Justice Sotomayor has been downgraded to a wise white Hispanic.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 25, 2012

And of course, you know what time it is: time to yell “RAAAAACIST!!!111!!!”

The racist Arizona governer looks like a fool now…basically the whole law (except 1 provision) was overturned!

— Damn Cam (@CBanks4U) June 25, 2012

SCOTUS held up the most radical part of Arizona's immigration law. It is way too fucking early for this racist shit. #SB1070

— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) June 25, 2012



Politicians react to the decision:

Romney on SCOTUS immigration ruling: "Today's decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue."

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) June 25, 2012

Pres. Obama, Mitt Romney and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer react to #SCOTUS ruling on #Arizona #SB1070 immigration law. |

— GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) June 25, 2012

My stmt w/ @SenJonKyl on SCOTUS decision on #Arizona immigration law #SB1070:

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 25, 2012

SupremeCt today's Arizona immigration case allows states to protect its citizens fr crime commited by undocumented people when Feds don't

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 25, 2012

In striking down overreaches in #Arizona #immigration law, #SCOTUS gives new impetus for Congress to fix broken system

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) June 25, 2012

#SB1070 was rightfully challenged by #POTUS & justly ruled against by #SCOTUS bc it ran counter to a rational, national #immigration system.

— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) June 25, 2012

Good news from #SCOTUS on AZ's immigration law, but our system is still broken. The real solution is to fix our immigration system now!

— Congressman Sam Farr (@RepSamFarr) June 25, 2012

Sen. Harry Reid couldn’t contain his response to a mere 140 characters:

#SCOTUS was right to strike down majority of AZ law; That 3 of 4 provisions were struck down shows law was unconstitutional

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2012

I'm greatly concerned AZ provision endangering innocent citizens of being detained –unless carrying papers – will lead to racial profiling

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2012

Ultimately, responsibility to fix nation's broken immigration system lies w/Cong.; Rs must join Ds to forge fair, tough, practical solutions

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2012

Looking ahead to #immigration debate, it's disturbing that Mitt Romney called the unconstitutional AZ law a ‘model’ for reform

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2012

Laws that legalize discrimination are not compatible w/our nation's ideals & traditions of equal rights

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 25, 2012


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