Supreme Court Guts Almost All Challenged Provisions of Arizona SB 1070

BREAKING NEWS:  In its decision on June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held as pre-empted by federal law all  of the challenged provisions of Arizona’s strict immigration statute known as S.B. 1070, but one: it let stand a key provision permitting police who conduct a stop or arrest to take steps to verify a person’s immigration status before releasing the person.  Held as preempted were S.B. 1070 provisions that (1) make a state misdemeanor for failing to comply with federal alien registration requirements; (2) make a state misdemeanor for an unauthorized alien to seek or engage in work; and (3) authorize state and local officers to arrest a person without a warrant whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a public offense which makes the person removable from the U.S.