U.S. Supreme Court should strike down Arizona immigration law

U.S. Supreme Court should strike down Arizona immigration law
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The U.S. Supreme Court is to expected to review Arizona's controversial immigration law known as SB 1070 on Wednesday.

It's hard to imagine the court would uphold the measures of the law that have already been blocked by lower courts.

The most controversial part of the law would allow local police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and also require that person to show proof of legal status. Those who opposed the law feared this would lead to racial profiling of all Latinos.

One question the court is expected to address is whether it is within federal or local jurisdiction to enforce immigration law. The lower courts over the years have ruled against local immigration laws dating back to a 2007 housing ordinance in Farmers Branch, Texas, that would have banned renting to undocumented immigrants.

The Supreme Court decision will have implications for Arizona and more than a dozen other states, including Alabama, that have passed immigration laws at the state level.

The outcome will be closely watched by Latino voters.

If the court upholds the Arizona law, that could result in a backlash against Republicans. It could give the Democrats a cause under which to help mobilize Latino voters.

They need this because many Latinos are already angry over Obama's immigration policies that have led to the deportation of more than one million people.

If the court strikes down the law, it could be seen as a victory for the Obama Administration.

Republicans have already alienated Latino voters with their anti-immigrant rhetoric during the Republican debates.

Only 14 percent of Latino voters said they would vote for Mitt Romney, according to a Fox News Latino poll released in March. This is far from the percentage of Latino voters won by Sen John McCain, 31 percent in 2008, and by President George W. Bush, 40 percent in 2004.

Romney can't catch up even with Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio's help.

All this comes at a time when Mexican immigration is at a standstill.

The Pew Hispanic Center released a study Monday that shows net Mexican migration has fallen to zero or less.

The study found that from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the United States and about 1.4 million Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children moved from the United States back to Mexico.

The weak economy along with immigration enforcement are some of the reasons migration has not increased, according to the study.

The idea that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are flooding into the United States is not true.

The notion that they are an overall drain on the economy and taking jobs away from U.S. citizens also has not been proven.

Undocumented immigrants pay sales to property taxes. They also pay billions into  Social Security. One report put the number as high as $11 billion.

Laws like SB 1070 are based on fear more than reality. The Supreme Court should strike this law down.


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  • Good luck with that since Obama will most likely kick it down to the state just like gay marriage etc.

  • I can tell you personally how the influx of illegal immigrants can be "proven". Once I owned a Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance business. We hired only gringos. We did not want to hire "the Mexes", as other gringo-owned companies did. We were constantly underbid by those hiring illegal immigrants. The obvious reason being because of the lower working wage (on the average) and not paying fully into payroll taxes. So...we could not hire as many legal US citizens.

    Talk to anybody in building contracting and you will hear the same story.

    So what is your solution? Open the floodgates? Eliminate borders? Amnesty? Just allow those here to stay? What about those who do not cheat the system and wait in the que? Are they suckers? Stupid? Losers? Kind of makes a mockery of those who obey the law, no? No, probably not, right?

    The way the Obama economy is going, with reverse migration to Mexico, this will be a non-issue soon.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Jay Leno mentioned last night that the economy in the US is so bad, that the net migration is back to Mexico, as you indicated in your last paragraph.

    While I bet that Chicanisima won't reply, the tone of most of her posts has been "open the floodgates" and "don't deport them to dangerous Mexico."

  • Based on today's Tribune story, apparently what you request is unlikely, specifically the local police check.

    But I have commented on your sage legal analysis and apparent education at the finest law schools, before.

  • You are right, Jack.

    Our blogger, esteemed journalist, does not do much follow-up to refute her slant.

    So... my position is the true one. Sorry, Chicanisima, silence is not golden but revealing.

  • Legal or not, Arizona's attempts to control a federal issue have only ended up hurting the Arizona travel and business community. TO me that is the best outcome from this misguided attempt to control illegal immigration. Hopefully, other states will take notice and decide against similar measures.

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