On Monday, the justices of the Supreme Court were very busy issuing orders and approving petitions.
Already having committed themselves to considering the constitutionality of the individual mandate of ObamaCare, and the legality of recent redistricting in Texas, the nation’s highest court has now agreed to review another controversial conflict between the Constitution and the law.
The latest dramatic legal dispute into which the Supreme Court has cast itself as arbiter involves the anti-illegal immigration statute passed last year by the state of Arizona.
With its grant of certiorari in the case of Arizona v. the United States, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from both sides and ultimately issue a ruling deciding whether the legislature and Governor of the Grand Canyon State were preempted by federal law from enacting a law establishing immigration policy.
As has been reported previously, the law, S.B. 1070, authorizes law enforcement to require production of immigration documents from an individual already the subject of a lawful stop who is reasonably suspected of being illegally present in the state.
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (pictured)