Dan Stein Op-Ed: A Win for Arizona, A Need for Congressional Action
"The Supreme Court Monday handed Arizona a hard-fought victory in upholding the most contentious part of the Arizona immigration law, section 2(b) of SB 1070. That section requires state and local enforcement officials to verify with federal authorities the immigration status of people they lawfully stop when they suspect they are in the country illegally," says FAIR President Dan Stein in an op-ed. "Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion overturned these provisions on narrow legal grounds, arguing that they allowed a state to preempt what Congress has outlined as the role of the federal government to enforce immigration law. But in that sense, Justice Kennedy's majority opinion also makes it clear that the court respects Congress's wide-ranging and exclusive authority to authorize states to assist in a variety of areas of immigration law enforcement."