The Supreme Court Tackles State Immigration Policy

The Supreme Court Tackles State Immigration Policy

The Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Arizona’s immigration law. Implications for states’ rights, federal policy and the 2012 presidential race.

An estimated 11 million people live in the United States -- illegally. Two years ago, Arizona passed the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history, inspiring other states to follow suit. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether that law is constitutional. It allows police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop. Critics say the law will lead to racial profiling. Supporters say it makes up for weak enforcement efforts by the federal government. A ruling is expected this summer, in the middle of the presidential campaign. Guest host Susan Page and guests discuss how far states can go to enforce immigration laws.


Tamar Jacoby

president, Immigration Works USA and fellow at the New America Foundation

Steven Camarota

director of research, Center for Immigration Studies.

Angela Kelley

vice president for immigration policy and advocacy, Center for American Progress.

Jonathan Turley

professor, The George Washington University Law School

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