Supreme Court: We heart racial profiling!

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. The good news is that it struck down key parts of the law, which is  why it is being hailed as a victory for the Obama Administration, which brought the case to the Supreme Court. The bad news is that it upheld the “show me your papers” part  that encourages racial profiling, which is why Governor Jan “Finger” Brewer is praising the ruling as a victory.

Leslie Berestein Rojas at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) lays out what the ruling does:

  • Strikes down Section 3, which would make it a state crime for undocumented immigrants not to carry an alien registration document.
  • Strikes down Section 5(C), which would make it a state crime fro undocumented immigrants to apply for work, solicit work in a public place, or work within Arizona. This was not upheld.
  • Strikes down Section 6, which would authorize state and local police to arrest immigrants without a warrant where there is “probable cause” that the person committed an offense that would make them deportable.
  • Upholds Section 2(B), which requires state and local police officers to attempt to determine the immigration status of any person stopped under state or local law if “reasonable suspicion” exists that the person is unlawfully present in the United States.

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