It's been a very big news day with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision on Arizona's SB 1070 this morning, and I've been posting updates directly to the KPCC website instead of here on Multi-American.
But I'd like to share what my colleagues and I have put together on the decision by now, which is quite a bit. In a nutshell, the justices decided to uphold the most controversial section of the law, while striking down three other provisions in question. There's more to come, but here are some highlights from our reporting and talk shows today so far:
Supreme Court upholds key provision of SB 1070, strikes down the rest Initial reporting on the court's decision, with a breakdown of which provisions of the law were struck down and upheld. The provision the justices upheld was Section 2(B), which empowers local police to check for immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" that someone is here illegally.
Mixed reaction to Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 Legal experts on both sides of the immigration aisle are considering the court's decision a partial victory for states wishing to enforce their own immigration laws, but states will have to tread carefully in the future. Meanwhile, immigrant advocates and others are decrying the decision to uphold Section 2(B), which many fear will encourage racial profiling, and which the court din't address in this case.
The winners and losers in US Supreme Court’s SB 1070 ruling Today's segment on AirTalk covering the SB 1070 decision, with host Larry Mantle joined by guest that included Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and attorney who drafted SB 1070; Angelica Salas, immigrant advocate and director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights; legal scholars and other guests.
With SB 1070 ruling, Villaraigosa calls for immigration reform Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today that he was disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision, telling reporters outside City Hall, “Most of us see absolutely no way to apply this law, to enforce this law, without racial profiling, without stopping you as an example because you may look different or foreign to someone."
Opponents of illegal immigration react to Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's SB 1070 In a segment earlier this morning, KPCC's Madeleine Brand heard reaction from immigration restriction advocates, including Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Stay tuned for more analysis on this site. Among other things, the court's decision today does not by any means put SB 1070 to rest. The particular case before the Supreme Court did not address civil rights concerns with the law, as do other pending challenges that have yet to be heard.
As for the court's opinion on SB 1070, it can be viewed here.