Legal Insurrection: The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today about Arizona’s controversial illegal immigratio law, SB 1070. Based on the initial reports, it appears that the Court may uphold at least one key provision of the law, which allows state law enforcement to inquire about a person’s immigration status. Even some of the Court’s liberal Justices seemed skeptical about prohibiting state law enforcement from checking the immigration status of a person within the state’s borders. What remains unclear is how the Court will view the provisions of the law that make it a state crime to violate federal immigration law.
Arizona voters will decide in November whether to allow businesses a break on property taxes for newly acquired equipment.
The Arizona House of Representatives passed a measure seeking the return of approximately 48,000 square miles of federally owned land.
According to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index, U.S. home values have declined for six consecutive months, but cities like Phoenix, San Diego and Miami are seeing prices rise.
findlaw.com: On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear from both sides of the argument as to whether states can adopt their own policies on handling illegal immigration. Arizona’s lawmakers appear to be staunchly supportive of such sovereignty:
“If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing the border here in southern Arizona, this would not be an issue. Unfortunately, they failed to do that so Arizona stepped up and said, ‘We want to be partners. Here’s a role we think we can play,'” said Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, which shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico in the state’s southeastern corner.
Five states have adopted policies similar to Arizona’s. For the entire article on this hotly debated issue, click here.
kliv.com: A home depot worker has sued against the major chain store for denying the worker a chair to use as he greeted customers. The lawsuit is taking place in East Palo Alto, California. California has been home to several attorneys who have filed literally hundreds of lawsuits alleging ADA discrimination, according to this article in Time magazine.
cnn.com: John Edwards’ trial began today in Greensboro, North Carolina. The prosecution claims that Mr. Edwards broke the law to hide the fact that he was going to have a baby with his mistress. According to cnn.com, Mr. Edwards faces prison time if convicted of the charges of filing false and misleading campaign disclosure reports.
Breitbart: “the average private sector worker in America earns $61,000 annually in pay, pension benefits, and health care benefits. That compares to state and local government workers who make $80,000 and federal workers who bag $120,000 taxpayer dollars in pay, pension, and benefits.”