What is the status of illegal immigrants the day after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling? The Court rejected Arizona’s law that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and that authorized warrantless arrests of those suspected of committing deportable offenses. However, police are still permitted to check the immigration status of individuals they suspect of being here illegally; those who lack legal status can then be deported. As you might expect, both sides are claiming victory today.
This is the second major immigration story to make headlines in recent days. On June 15, the Obama administration announced that it would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. The president and his supporters call this action the “right thing to do for the American people.” Critics accuse him of currying favor with Hispanic voters and claim that he exceeded his legal authority.