Supreme Court Takes On Immigration
Protestors across the country have taken to the streets over that red-hot issue of immigration...
Specifically Arizona's tough immigration law.
We will officially know where the Supreme Court stands on it, in June.
But as ABC's Tahman Bradley reports, yesterday's arguments before the high court provided plenty of clues.
Supreme Court protestors the supreme court is taking on one of the most contentious issues in this country -- immigration.
The question before the court - whether the state of Arizona can make its own immigration law requiring police, during routine stops, to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the U.S. Illegally.
The Arizona man who brought the case says the law seems un-American.
Jim Shee: "I've never expected to have to carry my passports in my own country to prove that i belong here."
Hearing oral arguments yesterday, the justices appeared to find little trouble with major parts of Arizona's law.
Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the huge burden illegal immigration puts on the states:
"the state of Arizona has a massive emergency with social disruption, economic disruption, residents leaving the state because of a flood of immigrants."
Even liberal justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first hispanic on the high court, seemed skeptical of the Obama administration's argument that Arizona exceeded its authority by enacting the law: "you can see it's not selling very well. Why don't you try to come up with something else?"
Protestors outside the courtand in cities across the country, protests by people who believe Arizona's law encourages racial profiling and stereotyping.
"It would decide whether the states have the right to promote racism, promote hatred and police harassment against immigrants and all people of color."
Jim Lawing: "kansas attorney can assure you one thing. No matter how the court comes out, there's gonna be a whole lot of people very angry."
The court's decision could have a big impact on the fall campaign.
Republicans' aggressive stand on illegal immigration has alienated hispanic voters.
The Arizona governor says the White House opposes her state's law for political reasons.
Tahman Bradley, ABC News, DC.
At least six of those protesters were arrested after they blocked a street during rush hour.
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