Judge Napolitano: Today’s Decision on Arizona’s Immigration Law Affects Other State Challenges on Immigration
Earlier on America’s Newsroom, Judge Andrew Napolitano shared reaction to the news that the Supreme Court has struck down three of four provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law while upholding the measure allowing police to stop suspected illegal immigrants.
Napolitano said, “The heart and soul of the Arizona statute has been struck down by the Supreme Court, consistent with previous Supreme Court opinions that basically say ‘For better, for worse, whether you like it or not, immigration is a federal issue to be administered by the United States of America by the federal government and not by the states,’ so that immigration law means the same thing in all 50 states as it does in Washington, D.C.”
The one part of the law that stands is that police are allowed to stop suspected illegal immigrants and ask them for identification. Napolitano said, “You’re probably going to see a court challenge the first time the officer does this.”
“I suspect that the Supreme Court is looking for a factual challenge, in which a state court can decide whether or not the police are appropriately exercising this authority under Arizona law,” he added.
Napolitano also said that the news today affects the other state challenges on immigration because the Supreme Court ruled that only the federal government could enforce federal immigration laws.
Watch the full interview with Judge Napolitano: