Arizona Ruling Gets Mixed Reaction

A Hispanic community advocate in the Wiregrass speaks out about the ruling on Arizona

Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dothan, AL - The great immigration debate continues. Monday, the US Supreme Court repealed three sections of Arizona’s law.

The ruling is getting mixed reaction all around the country, including the wiregrass.

The decision struck down a requirement that all immigrants carry registration papers, a provision that made it a state crime for them to seek work, and a provision that would allow police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants.

The high court did uphold the most controversial part of the law requiring police to check the immigration status of those they stop.

This ruling has potential to change Alabama’s controversial law.

The Supreme Court has made a statement by striking down most of Arizona’s immigration law. It implies the federal government has ultimate control over immigration policy.

But Governor Robert Bentley says he's not worried about the federal crackdown.

“We are always going to do things in a constitutional manner and I think that's what this ruling says. I think this ruling says that states can participate as long as it's done so in a constitutional manner and we're always going to do that,” said Bentley.

State officials will look to the 11th circuit court of appeals for answers. Back in march, the court said it would not make a ruling until the Supreme Court ruled in Arizona’s law.

Yet, many say Alabama’s law is doomed.

“I don’t perceive the governor to be a strong governor when it comes to immigration legislation. He folded when he got pressures from the legislature, and I believe that is going to happen again,” said Rich Lopez.

Lopez is an advocate for the Hispanic community in the wiregrass. He says the portions struck down were not strong laws to start with, and his main concern still stands.

“From our perspective, from the advocacy perspective, we’re going to be very diligent in keeping an eye on those arrested to find out if there’s cause,” he stated.

Still, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will continue to review the Supreme Court’s ruling to ensure Alabama’s law in constitutional.

Strange says he has no idea when the 11th circuit court of appeals will rule on Alabama’s immigration law, however he says the court tends to act quickly and so he expects a ruling sooner rather than later.

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