The Supreme Court today upheld the most controversial provision of SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law, allowing police to continue to check the immigration status of people they stop, detain, or arrest.
Most other portions of the Arizona law were invalidated, though, and the Court said that further challenges may occur to the “show your papers” provision that was not overturned. It appears the Court may in the future review objections to the provision that claim it allows racial profiling.
The White House may well decide to grab the issue and use it as another carrot for Hispanics to get to the polls for President Obama, who would argue he needs to be in office to help prevent such laws.
Obama offered up another carrot last week when he said the administration would stop deporting illegal immigrants who came here as children. The move is a “temporary” measure, a clear signal to Latinos that its best chance of remaining in force is to vote for Obama.
Among the portions of the Arizona law that were struck down today was a requirement that immigrants have their registration documents with them at all times.
Dissenting justices, led by Antonin Scalia, argued that the entire law should have been maintained.