Supreme Court weighs in on Arizona immigration law
WASHINGTON - It's been one of the most followed cases this year, and the Supreme Court Monday issued their verdict on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Of the four components of the law, only one would be considered constitutional, and it was the most talked about provision. It allows for police in that state be required to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is not in the U.S. legally.
"It basically is allowing law enforcement to go forward and racially profile poor people and people of color. We believe this is a decision that does set back civil rights. We vow to continue fighting," said Marielena Hincapie with the National Immigration Law Center.
The president reacted to the court's ruling saying:
"Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like."
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney also weighed in:
"This represents yet another broken promise by this president. I believe that each state has the duty - and the right - to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities."
In addition, the court ruled that it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder. In addition, by a narrow vote, a two-year-old decision was held up by the court that would allow corporations to spend freely to influence elections.
Experts say the court will release it's decision on the presidents health care law later this week.