Supreme Court hears arguments for & against Arizona's tough & contraversial immigration law
POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 8:53am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Today the Justices will hear whether Arizona can make immigrants prove they're legal on the spot when stopped by police.
"Its primary objective is to make second class citizens of U.S. Latinos," said Steve Gallardo, Arizona State Senator.
"They want to make it out to be racist and biggoted. It is the furthest thing from what our intention is," said Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona.
Arizona claims its crackdown did what the federal government didn't do. "Arizona is success story. We stood up and stood up for rule of law," said President, BanAmnestyNow.com, Russell Pearce.
"This isn't about somebody else's idea what the rule of law is. This is about somebody's idea in what is going to benefit them politically," Rep. Steve King, Iowa.
It's a hot election year issue, with a President who promised comprehensive immigration reform but has yet to deliver. Tuesday, republicans boycotted a hearing on the law.
"This was either an attempt to influence the court decision, which would be improper, or simply to create a political sideshow," said Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona.
If the court upholds Arizona's law, Democrats say they'll introduce a bill that prevents states from enforcing their own rules.
"I believe it's simply too damaging to our economy and too dangerous to our democracy to have 50 states doing 50 different things," said Senator Chuck Schumer, New York.
Republicans have their own plan "B".
Neither is likely to pass before November.
Five other states followed Arizona with similar laws.
They're all tied up in courts, pending this decision, expected by the end of June.