The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision (Justice Kagan did not participate), struck down portions of Arizona’s sweeping immigration law, while leaving others in place.
The Court ruled that Arizona did not have the authority to make a state law criminalizing an illegal immigrant’s failure to register with the federal government or an immigrant’s decision to work in the United States illegally. The Constitution gives this power to the federal government, the ruling announced.
The Court did not strike down a portion of the law, which requires state law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of persons suspected to be in the U.S. illegally when they are arrested on other charges. For a summary of the majority opinion of Justice Kennedy, click here.