June 26, 2012- A key part of the controversial hard line immigration law in Arizona was upheld on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The High Court struck down three of the four sections of the law they were ruling on, but left one key one intact. Both sides were able to cheer victory after the ruling by the Court.
In a ruling of 5-3, the court, in effect, said Arizona had set up an immigration enforcement system that was parallel to that of the federal government, but punished more harshly illegal immigrants and interfered with the authority of Congress with regard to the nation’s borders.
The parts of the law the court rejected were where the law said it was a crime for any illegal immigrants to look for work and authorized arrests without warrants of those suspected by local or state police of committing offenses that were deportable.
However, the court upheld the part of the law that gives both local and state police the directive to check the immigration status of the people they have stopped, when it is suspected they might be in the country illegally.
On Monday, the impact of the court’s ruling was still unclear as advocates and immigrants scrambled to find answers from law enforcement and legal analysts. Most of the people opposed to the law said the ruling was a relief, but some advocates for immigration said the implementation of the part of the law upheld, could pose many problems for all immigrants, both legal and illegal, as they do not know how law enforcement will approach carrying out the law.