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Ariz. gov: ruling a 'victory' for all Americans

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold part of the state's immigration law was a victory for all Americans.

Despite the court striking down key provisions of the statute, Brewer said the heart of the law can now be enacted. The court upheld the "show me your papers" provision, which allows police to check the status of someone they suspect is in the U.S. illegally.

The ruling, however, took the teeth out of the provision by prohibiting police officers from arresting people on minor immigration charges.

The justices also added that the provision could be subject to additional legal challenges. Critics of the law have argued that it allows police officers to racially profile people. Brewer said officers who use the law to violate a person's civil rights will be held accountable.

Immigrant rights advocates said they planned to ask police departments how they will enforce the law.

Puente Arizona director Carlos Garcia said President Barack Obama can put an end to this by having federal immigration officers cease working with local police.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the court that was unanimous on allowing the status check to go forward. The court was divided on striking down the other portions.

They were the sections that required all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers, making it a state criminal offense for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job and allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants.

The Obama administration sued to block the Arizona law soon after its enactment two years ago. Federal courts had refused to let the four key provisions take effect.

Arizona has spent almost $3 million defending the law for the last two years, the Arizona Republic reported Monday.

Five states -- Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah -- have adopted variations on Arizona's law. Parts of those laws also are on hold pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

Glad Arizona got something they wanted. The Feds are the blame for this in the first place. Didn't the President take an Oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution? Why are the illegals screaming about that? The U.S. is not going to be the other country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. Illegal is still illegal and against the law. Go back where you came from if you don't like our laws. Go yell and cry on your own President's shoulder for not taking care of its own people. We are Americans. Speak our language or get out The door swings both ways. And yes, we do protect ourselves from assault with guns also. It wasn't the fault of law-abiding citizens that you came here. It was your own doing. Try to do it legally like the rest of us. Have a problem with that, then suffer the consequensces.

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kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

Have any of you been to the local social security office? If you have, you would feel like you were sitting in Europe, Asia, Middle East, or Latin America, not in the U.S. We are being totally overrun by foreigners, and with this comes their way of life, not the American way of life. Our government, via "human rights" laws, are causing our American culture to be gone forever. The American people here just stand up and take it because they want to be "politically" correct instead of making them respect our country's culture. They are the ones that came here. This is going to haunt us for a long time because eventually you will be seeing their "customs" unfold in our streets. (riots, government takeovers, etc). Notice how large groups congregate in the same areas of the county? The next civil war won't be between Americans.

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