Legal Buzz December 12, 2011: Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on Arizona’s Immigration Law


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.



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“You know the president’s position and the administration’s position. We look forward to arguing it in this case.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney

“I was stunned at the audacity of the Obama administration to file suit against an individual state seeking to safeguard its people. That shock turned to outrage as the federal government proceeded to file suit against three more states — South Carolina, Alabama and now Utah — that followed Arizona’s lead. Arizona has been more than patient waiting for Washington to secure the border. Decades of federal inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation, and states deserve clarity from the Court in terms of what role they have in fighting illegal immigration.” — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement Monday

Supreme Court agrees to review Arizona’s restrictive immigration law: Supreme Court says it will rule on Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants….

US High court to look at state immigration laws: The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on a politically charged law in Arizona targeting illegal immigrants…. – AP, 12-12-11

Supreme Court to Rule on Arizona’s Immigration Law: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Arizona may impose tough anti-immigration measures. Among them, in a law enacted last year, is a requirement that police there question people they stop about their immigration status.
The Obama administration challenged parts of the law in court, saying that it could not be reconciled with federal immigration laws and policies. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, blocked enforcement of parts of the law in April…. – NYT, 12-12-11

  • Supreme Court takes Arizona immigration law case in key test of federal power: The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the tough Arizona immigration law, setting the stage for a potentially landmark ruling on whether states have rights to set immigration policy…. – CS Monitor, 12-12-11
  • Supreme Court to hear Arizona immigration law challenge: What should happen: The Supreme Court on Monday said it would review Arizona’s restrictive immigration law. Since the bill’s inception (it was signed into state law in April 2010), it has been the source of much national debate. … – WaPo, 12-12-11
  • Another high court election issue: Immigration: Another issue has zoomed to the top of the 2012 election calendar, courtesy of the US Supreme Court: Immigration. As with its plans to rule on President Obama’s health care law, the high court’s decision to take up Arizona’s … – USA Today, 12-12-11
  • Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law: The Supreme Court, dealing a setback to the Obama administration, said Monday it will consider reviving Arizona’s law that targets illegal immigrants and gives more enforcement power to local police…. – LAT, 12-12-11
  • High Court to Decide on Arizona Immigration Law: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether an aggressive Arizona statute targeting illegal immigrants interferes with federal law…. – WSJ, 12-12-11
  • Arizona immigration law to be heard by Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a law Arizona passed last year cracking down on illegal immigration violates the Constitution by intruding on the prerogatives of the federal government.
    The new high-profile platform for the continuing legal fight over immigration-related state laws has the potential to inflame the issue in the 2012 presidential campaign — a development that could benefit President Barack Obama’s appeal among Latinos, but hurt his standing with swing voters who tend to be broadly supportive of legislation to rein in illegal immigration.
    The Obama administration, which persuaded lower courts to block key parts of the Arizona law, known as S.B. 1070, had asked the Supreme Court not to take up the case at this time…. – Politico, 12-12-11
  • High court to look at Ariz. immigration law: Justices agree to examine state’s immigration measures which have been blocked by lower courts… – CBS News, 12-12-11
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