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April 25th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Rep. Schweikert on SCOTUS immigration case: 'Political theater' surrounding law

Today, the law that put Arizona in the immigration-enforcement business heads to the high court.

Lower courts blocked four key parts of the law. The blocked provisions would:
– require state and local police to check the status of suspected illegal immigrants whom they've stopped or arrested for other reasons.
– make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not possess federal registration cards.
– make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to work, or try to get work.
– allow state and local police to arrest illegal immigrants without a warrant if there's probable cause that these people committed crimes that would result in deportation.

The courts say the state's "interference" is making matters worse. Arizona says the issue is safety and the federal government isn't doing enough. And it appears many people agree. A new poll finds 68% of people nationwide support the law, just over a quarter disapprove.

Former Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) talks with Zoraida on the case before the Supreme Court.


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