Today the supreme court struck down 3 of the 4 objectionable portions of Arizona’s immigration law SB1070. The 4th portion was punted back to the local courts to determine if it should also be stricken.
Here the Supreme Court made the correct ruling. State law cannot pre-empt Federal law no matter how bad we want the states to take charge of poorly handled Federal agencies and efforts. Clearly Arizona overstepped its bounds and tried to take charge of a Federal immigration effort. While we may want further action from the Federal Government the state cannot act in their place. The issue needs to be resolved by Congress. The Federal Government via the Constitution was granted exclusive rights to controlling immigration. That is to say travel across borders is a Federal decision.
The ruling was right.