Arizona: Show Me Your Papers!

Arizona: Show Me Your Papers!

The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned most of Arizona’s immigration law, denying the state’s right to make its own immigration policy. The court reasserted the constitutionally mandated powers of the Federal Government in these matters.

The Supremes did let stand a provision ordering Arizona lawmen to force people they deem” suspicious” to prove their citizenship or immigration status. Why? Because the patently discriminatory nature of that provision was not part of the suit, which concerned state usurpation of federal powers. So, unless Arizona cops demand documents from equal numbers of Nordic tourists at the Grand Canyon and Latinos in Phoenix, that practice will be grounds for the next lawsuit.

Meanwhile Arizona Governor Janice Kay Brewer, one of the keenest legal minds ever to come out of Glendale Community College, thinks the defeat of most of her pet law is a victory.


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