The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it might uphold a key element of Arizona’s immigration law, as justices across the board suggested the state has a serious problem on its hands and should have some level of sovereignty to address illegal immigration.
The justices appeared to ready to allow a provision requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the U.S. illegally.
The justices strongly suggested Wednesday they are not buying the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority, with Chief Justice John Roberts at one point saying he doesn’t think the federal government even wants to know how many illegal immigrants are in the country.
”You can see it’s not selling very well,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Obama administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
Reports from inside the courtroom say several justices expressed support for Arizona’s effort to crack down on illegal immigration. They include Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in such decisions .
Supporters of the law say tough local action is urgently needed in the border state, charging that the federal government has not done enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. Critics say the law encourages racial profiling.
It’s not profiling if the cops do it to everyone. And if all the states make being a citizen - with proof - part of getting a driver’s license or a photo voter ID in their state, then any adult citizen the AZ police are likely to deal with will have sufficient ID with them at all times. Scan either one, and it should come back with the matching picture. Ok, I’m not a fan of the giant centralized databases the police can access, but they are here and they aren’t going away any time soon. So use them wisely, and this would be a wise use. And just think how much extra fine money they’d make catching all those folks with fake IDs.