The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down three of four provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law, ruling in favor of the federal government, Fox News reports.
However, Justices upheld the so-called “stop and check” provision that allows police in Arizona to check an individual’s immigration status after a crime is committed if there is “reasonable suspicion” the person is in the U.S. illegally.
The state has geared up for massive protests regardless of the ultimate decision by the Supreme Court. Both supporters and staunch critics of the law had reportedly planned protests at the Arizona State Capitol building.
In preparation for the ruling, Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer also issued a two-page executive order essentially telling the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to redistribute a training DVD for SB 1070.
The videos are to be distributed to all law enforcement agencies across the Arizona. The DVD discusses everything from reasonable suspicion to foreign vehicle registration.
A major point is made in the video instructing officers to not racially profile. It also includes types of acceptable identification that should end an officer‘s suspicions about a person’s immigration status.
SB 1070 was passed two years ago and signed into law by Governor Brewer. The move sparked a massive debate and legal challenges which have ultimately led to the Supreme Court.
Portions of the law were blocked including a provision requiring police to question people‘s immigration status while enforcing other laws if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.
As many news reports have indicated, the ruling is hardly the end to the heated immigration debate, but rather just the latest development in an ongoing political battle.
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