Supreme Court Rules on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law; Racial Profiling Provision Upheld for Now

Supreme Court on Monday stroke down 3 out of 4 provisions of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, but upheld the provision that requires local police to check the immigration status of anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in the U.S. unlawfully.

“This ruling is, on balance, encouraging, particularly because the court kept the door open to future challenges to the racial profiling provision. But by allowing that section to remain, the court is condoning state interference in immigration enforcement,” said AILA President Laura Lichter. She continued, “Across the country, this patchwork of state laws is creating more confusion in an already chaotic immigration system and burdening communities with legal costs as these discriminatory laws are challenged in court.

Reported by the New Journal, some Delaware law makers in 2010 contemplated anti-illegal immigration legislation, which would have sought t make it illegal to knowingly transport or house unauthorized immigrants and to require state contractors to check the immigration status of their workers.