When Arizona enacted its immigration law late last year, it set off a firestorm of controversy and ignited a series of legislative initiatives in other states that have taken aim at undocumented immigrants.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear Arizona’s appeal from a 9th Circuit ruling that blocked the enforcement of four critical provisions to the new law.
The Obama administration’s Justice Department successfully argued to the 9th Circuit that the following provisions of law were unconstitutional:
- A provision requiring state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of an arrested person when there is reason to believe that the person is an illegal immigrant;
- A provision requiring that the immigration status of arrested people be determined prior to their release;
- A provision making it a crime for immigrants not to register themselves legally under federal law; and
- A provision allowing police to arrest people without warrants if there is “probable cause” to believe that they have committed deportable legal violations.
Any ruling in this case could affect similar laws in a number of other states, and could affect the deliberations of other state legislatures prospectively. Thus, we will keep an eye on the progress of this case and post updates on our blog.
In the meantime, if you are in need of counsel for yourself and/or your family members on the subject of immigration law, please do not hesitate to contact our office for an appointment at (847) 564-0712. You can also check out the pertinent section of our Website for more information about how we might assist you.