Retired Justice Weighs in on Arizona Senate Bill
Retired Supreme Court Justice O’Connor weighed in on the recent Senate bill passed in her home state of Arizona. While acknowledging that Arizona does have a legitimate concern with immigrants illegally crossing the border from Mexico, she still finds that the Bill goes to far. The bill, on its face, allows state police officers to question a person’s residency status, and if information is not adequately provided the person can be imprisoned and even deported. While many argue that this law only does what federal law already allows federal agents to do, O’Conner looked beyond the face of the law when expressing concern that it would allow officers to target people who look Hispanic, thus legalizing racial profiling. She has no doubt that the law will be the subject of extensive litigation over application and the constitutionality of the law.