The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear arguments on Arizona's controversial Immigration Bill. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had struck down several provisions of the law, including a provision that makes it a crime not to carry alien registration papers, the provisions that make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit or apply for work, and the portion that requires a police officer to determine the immigration status of a person arrested if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that he or she is in the country illegally. These provisions are similar to provisions in HB56, the Alabama Immigration Bill. It is expected that oral arguments will be held in April, and a decision on the Arizona law should be issued by the end of June. Although this appeal only applies to the injunction issued to stop the implementation of parts of Arizona's law, I anticipate that the Supreme Court's decision will provide guidance to Alabama, and other states, that have enacted immigration laws over the last several years.
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