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How the SB 1070 Supreme Court ruling is making its way through the states




Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Arizona's SB 1070 late last month, striking down three provisions of the state anti-illegal immigration law while upholding its most controversial one, other states with SB 1070-style laws have been weighing how the decision applies to them.

The justices ruled on whether four contested sections of the 2010 Arizona law encroached on the federal government’s ability to set immigration policy, and thus were preempted by federal law. The one provision the high court did not strike down: Section 2(B), which empowers local police to check the immigration status of people they stop, detain or arrest if there is “reasonable suspicion” the person is in the country illegally. The court ruled that, as written, this did not conflict with federal law, although it remains to be seen if it will violate federal law in practice.

In Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Utah and Indiana, a series of legal challenges had been riding on the high court's decision. All five states have enacted laws inspired by SB 1070, with provisions similar to the "reasonable suspicion" section and, in some cases, stricter ones involving schools and labor. In turn, AlabamaSouth Carolina and Utah were sued by the federal government on pre-emption grounds; others have been sued by civil rights groups.

What has been happening in these states since the high court's ruling? Here's a quick rundown based on news reports from the five states:

Read more on the aftermath of SB 1070 and what to expect next.