Arizona police may continue to demand proof of immigration status, but other provisions of the controversial immigration law were overturned today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court voted 5-3, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the opinion. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part. Justice Elana Kagan recused. The case is Arizona v. United States.
The court found key provisions of the law invalid: Section 3 (making it a misdemeanor to fail to register) , Section 5C ( making it a misdemeanor to work ) and Section 6 (warrantless arrests of aliens suspected of being removable). “ This opinion does not foreclose other preemption and constitutional challenges to the law as interpreted and applied after it goes into effect,” Kennedy wrote.
The court said it would meet Thursday to announce the remaining opinions for the term.