Judgment day has arrived for Arizona’s restrictive immigration law, as the U.S Supreme Court hears arguments on April 25. The court will decide how much authority states can have when it comes to immigration enforcement. María Hinojosa speaks to NCLR’s Immigration Legislative Analyst, Laura Vasquez and Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies, about what’s at stake in the hearings that begin April 25.

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Laura Vasquez is the Immigration Legislative Analyst at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCLR, she was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow and also a Constituent Caseworker for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.


Mark Krikorian has been the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC. since 1995. Before joining CIS, he held several editorial and writing positions. Krikorian has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He authored “The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal.”

3 thoughts on “Supreme Court to rule on Arizona immigration law

  1. about overburdening state poicle will be the end result. Even if they DO have a law to apprehend the illegals, they cannot deport them. Thats federal juristiction and so if the feds don’t want them to go, they can let them stay. Sometimes its cheaper and easier to give a green card than to do the legal hasstle of deportation- Especially if they have children born here.Every illegal allowed to stay will be a strain on the state forces, and a waste of time for the feds who would have to just let them go. There is a positive end to this though. A lot of illegals will get their green cards and be no longer breaking the law. I am sure this is the intended consequence you want, right AZ, Honcho?

    1. Well I’m white and live in an area primarily cniossting of recent Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans that are first, second or third generation. They were here first and the actual history was nothing more than a greedy land grab by the U.S. government. I am not anti-American at all but history is history. The Texas Rangers went all the way down to Mexico City raping, killing and desecrating Catholic churches along the way. People in America aren’t taught the full history of how it all went down. Most people from Mexico are not criminals and they certainly aren’t lazy trying to live off of the system. They are willing to do jobs that most Americans would refuse to do and this is for the sake of their families having a better life.All the anti-Mexican propaganda is part of a big conspiracy to create a new scapegoat and rekindle old prejudices. It is all bullsh*t. Most people never get to actually know the Mexican population because of their own fears and prejudices.

      1. We don’t need reform, we need our laws eecrofnd. Stop giving them everything and they will stop coming. Illegals are hurting every single tax paying citizen regardless of their race/ethnicity. Amnesty is a free pass to the law breakers and it was tried in the 80 s. It was a complete failure and now millions more are wanting another free pass.To the people that say our ancestors were illegal immigrants that is not true because there were no immigration laws. Even the the native Americans came from Asia. Give all these illegals citizenship, they will have to be paid the same as citizens, employers will be cheap and encourage more illegals to come. The cycle will never end without enforcing our laws.

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