Court Decides on Immigration Law

The Supreme Court struck down key portions of Arizona’s SB 1070 on Monday, a strict set of immigration regulations that was signed into law in 2010 by Gov. Jan Brewer. While reading his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia went off script and said that the framers of the Constitution would have "rushed to the exits" if they were there for the president's recent decision not to deport some illegal immigrants. The Obama administration’s challenge to the law focused in particular on a section that requires police officers to ask for identification papers from people they pull over and suspect of being illegal immigrants, but this portion of the law was upheld. Obama said on Monday that he was “pleased” with the ruling overall but “concerned” with the remaining provision. In a separate case, the court decided to strike down juvenile life sentences without parole in a 5-4 vote. The ruling comes in the cases of two 14-year-old convicts from Arkansas and Alabama.