Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down key parts of SB 1070, Arizona’s law to deter illegal immigration. However, one of the most controversial elements of the bill, the so-called "show your papers" law, remains.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat representing Illinois, has been a consistent opponent of SB 1070 since it was enacted.
On Early Start this morning, Gutierrez explains why he opposes the law.
Gutierrez says the Arizona law gives a cop “a responsibility, if he has a reasonable suspicion that you have an immigration problem, to detain you and to detain you until you can prove otherwise.”
Due to concerns about racial profiling, the Justice Department announced a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns.
“This is all about targeting and finger pointing a particular community and scapegoating that community,” Gutierrez says.
Raul Reyes, attorney and USA Today columnist, on the Arizona immigration case before the Supreme Court.
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.
Rep. Michael Burge (R-Texas) on the issues with the health care case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
William Winkenwerder, former COO of the Massachusetts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, explains why he thinks that the Supreme Court's judgment on the legality of the individual mandate will be a "close call."