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Are Arizona's Immigration Laws Legal?

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and thus often referred to simply as "Arizona SB 1070") is a 2010 legislative Act in the U.S. state of Arizona that was the broadest and strictest anti-immigration measure passed in the United States at the time.

The bill was scheduled to go into effect on July 29, 2010, but a federal judge issued an injunction that blocked many of the bill's provisions the day before it was supposed to become law. The Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of SB 1070 in Arizona v. United States.

What parts of Arizona’s immigration law were struck down by the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court found that three key sections of the Arizona immigration law are unconstitutional:

1) Section 3, which makes being undocumented a state crime;
2) Section 5(c), which makes it a crime for an undocumented immigrant to seek or accept work; and
3) Section 6, which allows police officers to arrest anyone they suspect of being undocumented without a warrant

But it will allow Arizona to begin enforcing Section 2(B), which requires officers to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and detain. Many believe that the enforcement of this section will result in racial profiling.

If you have any further questions about the Arizona immigration law, please feel free to contact us and we can help you out.