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Supreme Court May Uphold Part Of Arizona Immigration Law

Publication Date: 
April 26, 2012
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
David G. Savage

Lecturer Lucas Guttentag is mentioned in the following article by David G. Savage of the Los Angeles Times examining the potential issues that Arizona's immigration law may pose.

U.S. Supreme Court justices strongly suggested they would uphold a provision in Arizona's tough immigration law that tells police to check whether people they stop for some other reason are in this country legally.

But several justices also suggested they were troubled by parts of the law that would make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to seek work or not to carry immigration documents.

The hourlong oral arguments Wednesday pointed toward a possible split decision: a partial victory for Arizona that would revive its first-in-the-nation state crackdown on illegal immigrants but weaken the impact of its law.

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Critics of the Arizona law predict it will lead to discrimination against Latinos if police are authorized to question motorists and pedestrians about their immigration status. It will "cause intolerable harassment and lengthy detentions," Lucas Guttentag, who teaches immigration law at Yale University and Stanford University, said after the oral arguments.