Washington, D.C. 4/23/2012 06:39 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)
The very contentious immigration law passed by Arizona lawmakers and Governor Jan Brewer in 2010 will be taken up by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court will be weighing on whether Arizona’s immigration law infringes on federal authority over immigration enforcement. Lower courts have already blocked a few key provisions of the law including the provision that would allow police to detain a person suspected of being in the country illegally and would allow police to arrest an immigrant suspected of committing a crime without a warrant.
Civil rights advocates have been especially critical of the provision dubbed “papers please” because it could lead to profiling immigrants based on their race. With over 12 million Latino undocumented immigrants in the country the Supreme Court’s final ruling could sway the general election on November.
For the many people, who wish to reside in the U.S., an immigration attorney will be able to get them the necessary documents. But for the many immigrants that entered the country illegally they may face deportation if they are stopped for something as minor as a traffic violation.
Governor Jan Brewer was angered when the lower courts sided with the Obama Administration and asked the Supreme Court to take up the issue.
Immigration is a very contentious issue and while many American’s approve of the Arizona law, it has been severely criticized immigration lawyers and Latino leaders for the strict provisions. Though an immigration attorney can help an undocumented immigrant fight deportation, they cannot prevent racial profiling or unwarranted detention for the many immigrants in the country.