In a split decision, the Supreme Court upheld one part of a tough Arizona immigration law, but struck down other sections. The Court upheld the part of the law requiring police offficers when stopping someone to make efforts to verify the person’s immigration status with the federal government. The court struck down the following provisions:
Joining Kennedy's majority opinion were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito concurred in part and dissented in part. Justice Elena Kagan, who served as Obama’s solicitor general, had recuse herself from the Arizona case.
Race, Racism and the Law
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