The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to a central provision of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, clearing the path for similar legislation to take effect in other states and potentially angering Latinos in a way that could give President Barack Obama an added boost from Hispanic voters in November.
That provision, requiring police to conduct immigration
checks on individuals they arrest or merely stop for questioning whom
they suspect are in the U.S. illegally, does not appear to violate the
Constitution by intruding on the federal government’s powers to control
immigration, the court said.