The United States Supreme Court is set to review the legality of Arizona SB1070, the contentious immigration law that was passed a few years ago. According to BBC, the Supreme Court will review four provisions that were blocked by a lower appeals court:
· requiring officials to check the immigration status of anyone arrested and allowing police to stop anyone suspected of bein an undocumented immigrant
· making it a state crime to reside in Arizona without legal documentation
· banning all undocumented immigrants from working in the state or applying for a job
· allowing police to arrest a person believed to have committed a crime that could lead to deportation, even if the crime occurred in another state
See this BBC article for further details on the Supreme Court case.
While the Supreme Court prepares to hear this case, the Catholic Church in the United States has been doing some prep work of their own.
NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, along with approximately 50 other civil rights, faith and community organizations filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the blockage of the four provisions. The fifty page report argues that SB1070 will harm U.S. Citizens, misapprehends the federal immigration scheme and cannot be implemented constituionally. For further information click here.
The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) released news that they, along with other faith leaders, called upon the President and Congress to reassert authority on immigration law. As the Supreme Court is working to review state authority of immigration, the USCCB called upon the President and Congress to enact immigration reform legislation “as soon as possible” in order to secure federal power over immigration policy. For further information click here.
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