Arizona v. United States
Supreme Court unanimously upholds antidemocratic attack on immigrant workers
By Kevin Kearney
26 June 2012
Issuing its decision Monday on Arizona v. United States, the US Supreme Court unanimously upheld the core provision of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law—SB 1070—that requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for questioning or detention if there is a “reasonable suspicion” the individual is an illegal alien.
The law effectively grants police wide discretion to stop and seek the deportation of anyone who “appears to be” an illegal immigrant and is not carrying state-issued identification. It is an open invitation to racial profiling and the systematic harassment of Hispanic, Asian and other immigrant groups.