Immigration Law Advocates Say Ruling Not All Bad News

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning key provisions in Arizona's illegal immigration law
opens the door for courts to strike down similar provisions other in states.

However, supporters of immigration crackdowns say the ruling also gives states a critical role in enforcing federal law.

They say it allows local authorities to check the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.

South Carolina state Sen. Larry Martin is a Republican who sponsored his state's legislation.

Martin says the ruling does give some opportunity for states to interact more closely with the federal government. But he says that beyond that, state officials have their hands tied by federal law.

Laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Utah were modeled at least in part upon the one passed by Arizona in 2010.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Bring all our troops home and station them on the Mexican border. Let those that want to come to this country, do it legally. Take away the welfare and government aid to all this low life U.S. citizens that can work but do not want to, and put them to work. No work, no food, no health care.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Jun 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
    The state of Arizona passed the law in an effort to get our federal government to help with the large amount of immigrants flowing in from Mexico. It is clear that our Federal government is not going to do anything to help the states. Their is alot of drug related violence happening in Mexico which I believe these people are running from but our fedral government should be doing more to control the large amounts of immigrants flowing across the border.
  • by jus sayin..... Location: Meridian on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    Let them come here and work, someone has got to do the job. It is a lot easier to sit on the front porch, drinking beer and smoking dope while waiting on your welfare check than to get out and earn your money.
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