Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law On Path To U.S. Supreme Court

The Arizona immigration law has taken a step closer towards its destiny in the United States Supreme Court, the nation's leading civil rights groups coalition filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix on Monday. This moves the issue of racial profiling and alleged civil rights violations closer to its finality. Not an immediate solution, but it shall come to pass.

The Arizona law requires local and state law enforcement to check a person's citizenship if they are suspected to be in the United States illegally. What probably need to be clarified is that this will only happen during typical policing if at that time it is suspected that the individual is an illegal regardless of race. Especially scince individuals and organizations are claiming that it will promote racial profiling and violate individual civil liberties. The Coalition further claims that it violates the Constitution's supremacy clause.which trumps the state law. They argue that immigration enforcement is an exclusive federal authority.

The coalition includes the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, the NAACP, the National Immigration Law Center, plus others piggy-backing onto the suit. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer foresaw that the law could be and probably would be legally challenged on its constitutionality. The defendants named in the lawsuit include the county attorneys and local sheriffs in Arizona. This is the fifth federal lawsuit filed so far.

With the Justice Department considering taking action in court against the law will either file its own lawsuit or piggy-back on a suit all ready filed. This is what leads to the fact that this legal battle is going to go before the U.S. Supreme Court before it is over. No matter what the District Court's decision, an appeal will be filed.

The nation is divided on the issue of immigration. Those "for" feel that it is time that someone take action on either eliminating or controlling how immigrants enter the United States. At the same time, those "against" either feel that the federal government is not fulfilling its responsibilities to the people, or that it violates civil rights to infringe on a certain individual rights.

I see that no matter what lawsuit is filed, no matter which nation voices its objections, or individual public figure voicing their displeasure, the Supreme Court is going to have the final decision and the federal government takes over protecting our southern border.

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