Tuesday, June 26, 2012
STATE IMMIGRATION LAW CHALLENGES TO MOVE FORWARD
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling overturned three out of four provisions of Arizona’s legislative crackdown on illegal immigration leaving the door wide open for courts to strike down similar laws in other states trying to uphold federal immigration laws.
Although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing local law enforcement to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants arrested for other crimes, the Obama administration revoked federal support from Arizona within hours of the ruling and will likely do the same across the country, undermining the ruling of the Supreme Court and the continued enforcement of immigration law.
Challenges to anti-illegal immigration laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Indiana and Utah will likely move forward now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the issue establishing an important legal precedent.
BODIES OF FOUR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DISCOVERED IN ARIZONA DESERT
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the bodies of four suspected illegal immigrants who died of heat exposure after illegally entering the United States via the Arizona desert in triple digit temperatures over the weekend.
Three of the bodies were discovered separately in the desert south and west of Tucson on Saturday. The fourth body was discovered on Saturday near Sells, located on the Native American reservation Tohono O’odham Nation, when agents rescued a pregnant, dehydrated Guatemalan woman sitting beside the body of her husband. The couple had been abandoned by their smuggler after crossing the border two days earlier.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents said they rescued 61 illegal immigrants last month compared to 38 during May 2011. Nineteen illegal immigrants died in that time frame this year compared to five in May 2011.