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Andy Hernandez of El Mirage, Ariz. and Allison Culver of Glendale get into a heated argument outside the Arizona State Capitol building Monday morning over immigration issues after the Supreme Court’s split decision to block parts but uphold one key provision of Senate Bill 1070.
The culmination of a two-year argument came Monday with the Supreme Court’s split ruling on Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
Arizona officials and residents on both sides of the issue gathered at the Capital on Monday, holding signs, conducting press conferences and, in some cases, yelling at one another.
The court upheld a key provision of the law:
- Section 2(B), which requires state law enforcement officials to request immigration status documents if “reasonable suspicion” exists that a person is in the country illegally.
And struck down three others:
- Section 3, which makes it illegal under state law for immigrants to violate federal laws that mandate them to apply for registration and carry a registration card.
- Section 5(C), which makes it a state crime for an unauthorized immigrant to seek employment in the U.S.
- Section 6, which authorizes state law enforcement officials to arrest immigrants without a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. This would make the immigrant eligible for deportation.
According to The Arizona Republic, the upheld portion of the law is still under an injunction placed by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in 2010. She must remove it in order for law enforcement to enforce Section 2(B).
The Supreme Court’s ruling will be used as a basis for deciding other lawsuits involving SB 1070.
Read the full article, including reactions from Arizona elected officials, on StatePress.com