SCOTUS ruling limits local immigration enforcement - WFSB 3 Connecticut

SCOTUS ruling limits local immigration enforcement


Reading the national headlines, watching cable news or listening to politicians, it's nearly impossible to figure out what the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration law really means. But a Valley constitutional law expert said the bottom line is simple: Arizona lost.

"The people challenging 1070 won and the state lost," said Paul Bender, a former principal deputy solicitor general, who argued more than 20 cases in front of the Supreme Court.

Bender is now a law professor at ASU.

He and other legal scholars contacted by CBS 5 News said the Supreme Court ruling set a line in the sand that had never been established. The court ruled that states did not have the authority to establish their own immigration policies or enforcement schemes.

"It is a ringing endorsement of the federal government's exclusive power over immigration," Bender said.

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