Monday, December 12, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Controversial Arizona Laws

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

While a group of stakeholders and lawmakers prepare to introduce new immigration-based legislation before Idaho's 2012 legislative session, the U.S. Supreme Court will have its first opportunity today to consider the issue of undocumented workers and their children.

The State of Arizona is asking the high court to allow the state to begin enforcing a series of measures that have, to date, been blocked by lower courts. Among the controversial provisions is an Arizona law that requires police, "while enforcing other laws," to question a person's immigration status if lawmen suspect the suspect is in the country illegally.

Similar laws were crafted in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.

But the White House said regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states.

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