Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates September 2012 No. 6 Vol. 15
Arizona’s Immigration Law

Arizona’s Immigration Law

Federal Preemption of S.B. 1070

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When, on April 23, 2010, Arizona enacted the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, it set off a firestorm of controversy over State involvement in immigration control.

The law, commonly referred to as S.B. 1070, sought to discourage illegal aliens from entering and seeking employment in Arizona through a variety of methods. It took the existing Federal crime of alien smuggling and the requirement that all aliens carry registration papers and wrote them into State law. It also allowed police officers to arrest anyone they suspected of committing an offense that could lead to deportation, and …

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