Today marks a much awaited legal milestone. Arizonans will be paying close attention to the oral arguments made to the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States. The case concerns Arizona’s attempt to aid the federal government in restricting the flow of illegal immigration and the Obama Administration’s problematic lawsuit against the State of Arizona brought by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Video) within weeks of passage of SB 1070.
Eight Justices — former Solicitor General Elena Kagan has recused herself due to prior involvement on the issue on behalf of the administration — will decide whether the federal government’s lack of enforcement — precludes Arizona’s efforts at cooperative law enforcement through the passage of the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act — more popularly known as SB 1070, which mirrors federal law.
Congress has acknowledged that federal, state, and local law enforcement must work together to combat the influx of foreign nationals into our country.
The Heritage Foundation’s Elizabeth Garvey provides an excellent overview of the case, titled Supreme Court Immigration Showdown: Why States Can Enforce Immigration Laws.
Transcripts will he posted here on the same day an argument is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The audio recordings of all oral arguments are available to the public at the end of each argument week. Listen here.
The Court generally hears two one-hour arguments a day, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is a three-hour time difference between Washington D.C. and Arizona.