The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a crucial portion of Arizona’s SB 1070 that requires police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if “reasonable suspicion” exists that the person is in the United States illegally.
The Court struck down provisions of the law that would have made it a state crime for illegal aliens to apply for a job and would have made it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry identification. For decades, federal law has required aliens to carry documentation showing their legal status.
What is most noteworthy is that states now have an additional tool to fight the problems of illegal immigration, a tool they did not have prior to the Arizona law.
This, coupled with the Supreme Court’s previous ruling upholding the ability of the states to institute mandatory E-Verify and see that jobs go to legal workers, means that states can do much to overcome the abysmal failure of the federal government to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.