SB 1070 could be a hot topic for new Supreme Court session

Published: Oct. 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM MST|Updated: Oct. 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - The US Supreme Court starts a new term Monday.

Among many hot topics, Supreme Court Justices could review Arizona's controversial immigration law in the coming months.

Part of SB 1070 states law enforcement officers shall make an attempt, if reasonable suspicion exists that a person is living in the US illegally, to get that person's immigration status.

The bill states this can only be done if the officer is enforcing some another law.

Right now it cannot be enforced because it's still not clear if it's constitutional.

State leaders have asked the Supreme Court to decide and while it's not officially on the agenda, many believe the court will take a look at it.

SB 1070 is now being replicated in other states.

In fact, the National Conference of State Legislatures reports a record nearly 1,600 immigration bills introduced across the country.

The Obama Administration argues control of the nation's borders should be a power exclusive to the federal government.

However, state lawmakers say Arizona is the nation's busiest illegal entry point and Arizona citizens bear the brunt of the problems caused by illegal immigration.

Decisions on whether to even consider immigration and other hot-button issues are probably about a month or so off, but this will likely be a closely watched session.

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