Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the arguments surrounding Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. According to The New York Times, the country’s highest court will eventually decide whether or not the southwestern state is entitled to impose its tough new measures, despite the fact that immigration laws fall under Federal jurisdiction and the laws were challenged succesfully by President Barack Obama’s administration, with four provisions of the law being blocked.
When Arizona enacted its immigration law last year, it immediately sparked outrage and a slew of copycat legislation across the country, most notably in Alabama. According to the NY Times, Arizona’s immigration law isn’t the only controversial case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear shortly. The court will also weigh in on a case concerning the 2010 health care overhaul law, and how Texas will conduct its elections.
Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University, said, “These are big cases that echo in the political arena.” The decision on Texas is determined to take place sooner than later, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on health care and Arizona’s immigration law will likely be determined in June.