An expert on immigration law says a federal judge’s decision to restrict parts of Arizona’s controversial law has implications for other states like South Carolina.
University of South Carolina assistent law professor Marsha Zug says the part of the law that was not stopped may eventually become proposals in other states.
Zug says that Judge Susan Bolton made the right decision when she blocked part of the new law that would require officers to check a person’s immigration status if they were enforcing other laws. Judge Bolton also blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants. Zug believes that the Arizona issue will end up in the Supreme Court.
The law professor says the part of the Arizona law that may be adopted by other states is a ban on employers hiring day workers, like those picked up on the side of the road. “But, ” she says, ” South Carolina should wait and see what happens with the final outcome of the Arizona case before it plans legislation.”
Zug says Arizona officials believe they have one of the worst levels of undocumented illegal immigration in the country, so she says they have a reason to take a stand.