The U.S. Supreme Court struck down several provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law Monday but upheld a key provision that pleased a local lawmaker.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), who represents Sierra Madre, said he was happy that the court upheld a provision of the law allowing Arizona to require police officers to check the immigration status of people they lawfully stop.
Donnelly had this to say about the decision on Facebook:
Today, the Supreme Court struck down a number of provisions, but upheld one key provision of the Arizona Law (SB1070), which requires police officers to check the immigration status of someone they suspect to be in the country illegally. Governor Jan Brewer remarked, "This is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than 2 years of legal challenges, the heart of SB1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the US Constitution. Godspeed to Arizona! Godspeed to California! Godspeed to the United States of America.
The Los Angeles Times called the decision a victory for President Barack Obama.
"The decision may be a partial, symbolic victory for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, but it is a much bigger win for President Obama," the paper wrote. "His administration had sued to block the Arizona law from taking effect, and it prevailed on three of the four provisions under dispute."