Supreme Court agrees to hear Arizona immigration law

by Jia Guo

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a case on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, according to the New York Times.

The Obama administration challenged parts of the law because they went against the federal immigration laws and policies. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco blocked parts of the law in April, according to the New York Times.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law in April 2010.

Four provisions have been challenged in the court, the most contentious of which required authorities in Arizona to look into the immigration status of an individual being detained if there was reason to believe he or she is an illegal immigrant.

Arizona lawyer Paul D. Clement petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case after the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against the law. He said the San Francisco court’s ruling had “completely foreclosed Arizona’s effort to address the disproportionate impact of unlawful immigration in a state with a 370-mile border with Mexico.”

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who represents the federal government in Supreme Court cases, had urged the nation’s high court not to hear the case.