Arguments Provide Insight as to How Supreme Court May Rule on SB 1070

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona over its immigration law, SB 1070. During the arguments, the eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused herself) provided numerous observations and some of them deserve notice. FAIR’s Government Relations team put together a list of the top ten most interesting comments from the Justices and here is just a sneak preview:

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS (TO SOLICITOR GENERAL): It seems to me that the Federal Government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally or not. (p. 50)

JUSTICE KENNEDY (TO SOLICITOR GENERAL): So you’re saying the government has a legitimate interest in not enforcing its laws? (p. 63)

For the full top ten list click here. The decision in this landmark case, expected sometime in June, will have a sizable impact on how immigration laws will be enforced in the United States in the future.

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  1. avatar

    They need let the justas Dept do their job and tell obama hands off he hasent proven he is an american citizan so he shouldent have any thing to say about our justas dept be for america thanks.

  2. avatar

    Let’s hope the Justice Dept. remembers the LAW at the time of ruling and sides with Arizona when the verdict is announced. Remember State’s Rights?

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    James Gazin on

    Now, if you can just find a way to get that on David Letterman’s top 10 list!