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When to expect a ruling on SB 1070?

Not today, at least. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to announce its opinion on Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law before the end of this month, and eyes were on the court this morning as opinions were issued. But we'll have to keep waiting, at least a few days more, possibly longer.

This morning during a liveblog of other high court opinions as they were handed down, the legal experts at the SCOTUSblog predicted that the justices would be waiting until close to the end of the month, issuing the ruling June 27. But, as one noted, "it may not be quite as controversial as expected among the Justices, so Monday the 21st is a possibility."

That's not to say it can't come sooner. The court, which heard oral arguments in April on Arizona's challenge to the federal government's preemption claim, will issue more opinions this coming Thursday on cases heard this year, including on the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

In the meantime, a few good reads on SB 1070 news and what's to come:


  • The Associated Press is predicting lawsuits galore if the justices uphold the law, or at least the "reasonable suspicion" provision that empowers local cops to check for immigration status. Opponents will file suit over civil rights issues; supporters will sue police agencies that aren't seen as enforcing immigration laws.

  • The Arizona Republic had a good piece earlier this month on how whichever way the court rules, it's bound to have an effect on the November election. If the justices uphold the more controversial elements of SB 1070, as some predict, more Latino voters may be driven to the polls, and President Obama's reelection effort may get a boost. If the justices strike these portions of the law down, Republican candidates could benefit from the backlash.

  • Yours truly posted a rundown recently on Multi-American with some key details about what the justices are weighing, what to expect in terms of the impact on states, and the predicted outcome. The latter varies depending on who you talk to. But as two legal experts recentlydebated on the site, it appeared in April when the justices heard oral arguments that while they didn’t seem altogether opposed to the “reasonable suspicion” provision, another provision targeting unauthorized immigrants who seek work might not make it.

  • Lastly, last week, Gov. Jan Brewer ordered an SB 1070-related police training video to to be redistributed to law enforcement in anticipation of the Supreme Court's decision. First distributed back in 2010, the video seeks to address what constitutes "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the country illegally, a component of the law that critics say encourages racial profiling. Talking Points Memo excerpts from the video when it was released.

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