Supreme Court to Decide Whether Arizona Immigration Law Is Constitutional
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today about the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Shannon Bream reports that those who oppose the law say that it’s a case of a state exceeding its power and that the federal government regulates immigration issues.
Cecillia Wang of the ACLU said, “The law is going to cause significant civil rights problems throughout Arizona and other states that are going to consider similar legislation regardless of the Supreme Court outcome which is just about the issue of whether the state laws go outside the boundaries of state power and interfere with the federal government’s control over immigration matters.”
Supporters of the law say that it is an absolute necessity because in their opinion, the federal government hasn’t done its job in enforcing immigration laws. According to estimates by the Department of Homeland Security, there are 360,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona alone.