December 15, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court did not have to commit itself, as it did Monday, to deciding the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration statute, Senate Bill 1070. The justices could have allowed the lower federal courts, which have temporarily enjoined enforcement of portions of the law at the request of the Obama administration, to proceed with a trial on the statute's constitutional merits. Or they could have waited until lower courts ruled on challenges to similar statutes in Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
May 2, 2010 |
For decades, the seven green acres of Elmwood Park were a staging ground for labor rallies by workers at Westinghouse, General Electric, and the Hog Island Shipyard. On Saturday, at a celebration and demonstration to mark International Workers' Day, labor officials and community leaders honored that history - and demanded better treatment and greater employment for American workers. About 100 people gathered at the Southwest Philadelphia park, sweating under an Arizona-strength sun and fuming about the new Arizona immigration law. That law requires police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they might be in the country illegally - a measure critics say will lead to abuses.
November 29, 1996 |
Jaime Gutierrez was an Arizona state senator when a woman who lived in his district asked him for help in the only language she knew. "Tengo una problema. (I have a problem.)," she said. "El estado no me quiere dar una acta de nacimiento. (The government doesn't want to give me a birth certificate.) Lo necesito para el seguro social. (I need it for Social Security.) No naci en una hospital. (I wasn't born in a hospital.)" Gutierrez, 47, who is bilingual, said he responded in Spanish and was able to help his constituent.
December 13, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday stepped into the fight over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws - pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign. The court's election-year docket now contains three politically charged disputes, including President Obama's health-care overhaul and Texas redistricting. The debate over immigration already is shaping presidential politics, and now the court is undertaking a review of an Arizona law that has spawned a host of copycat state laws targeting illegal immigrants.
December 16, 2011 |
ATLANTA - After the U.S. Supreme Court this week agreed to rule on Arizona's law targeting illegal immigrants, some states with similar statutes asked Thursday for delayed legal action on their laws pending the high court's decision. The court will review a federal appeals ruling that blocked parts of the Arizona law, which the Obama administration challenged. Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah also face suits by both the U.S. government and activist groups. Civil liberties and immigrant rights groups sued over laws adopted in Georgia and Indiana.
September 10, 2010 |
In a high-profile Pennsylvania case that helped spark the ongoing national debate over immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the City of Hazleton has no right to punish businesses or landlords who hire or rent to illegal immigrants. The ruling, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, upheld a 2007 lower-court decision prohibiting Hazleton from enforcing local immigration ordinances. The judges said federal immigration law preempted Hazleton's controversial 2006 initiatives.
March 29, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled during oral arguments Monday that they would vote to strike down another campaign-funding law and make clear that states and cities may not try to "level the playing field" between candidates for public office. The justices objected to part of an Arizona law that provides public funds to candidates for state office if they agree to forgo private fund-raising. The disputed provision gives extra "matching funds" to candidates who face a well-funded and free-spending opponent.
August 3, 2010
ILLEGAL immigration was one of several complicated issues that the president and Congress weren't dealing with until the noxious Arizona immigration law ignited a passionate national debate. Now we still aren't dealing with the ramifications of illegal immigration - but at high volume, with poisonous rhretoric, demagoguery - and that old stand-by, political opportunism. A federal judge blocked the worst parts of the Arizona law from taking effect last week, at least temporarily.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Pressing his immigration agenda, President Obama said he is pleased the Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona's immigration law Monday but voiced concern about what the high court left intact. His likely Republican rival for the presidency, Mitt Romney, said states have a duty and a right to secure their borders even as he initially declined to address the merits of the decision. The court allowed a provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they stop for another reason and who they suspect is in the country illegally.
June 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, closely divided along ideological lines, made it harder for states and cities to use public funding of campaigns to limit the effect of private money on elections. In a 5-4 decision, the justices struck down an Arizona law offering extra "matching funds" to candidates who opted to accept only public funds and who faced a free-spending opponent who relied on personal money. The matching funds aimed to make sure the publicly funded candidates could keep pace with their opponents.