FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against three of four parts within the Arizona Immigration Law Monday.
The court upheld the provision Monday that states police in Arizona can now check a person’s immigration status, if there is probable cause, if they are pulled-over for another reason.
The provision is considered controversial. National reports are saying people consider this law a violation of civil rights and racial profiling by law enforcement.
Indiana’s NewsCenter asked people in Fort Wayne what they thought about the provision to Arizona’s law.
Luis Borjaas says, “I think the right thing is if you do something wrong and break the law, that's what should stop you. Other than that, there's no reason.”
Derrell Gatson agrees, “I don’t believe police officers should be able to just stop you to see if you are an illegal alien or not. I think there should be a reason to be pulled-over and that’s not a reason."
Others in Fort Wayne say the Federal Government made the right decision. Joseph Hexamer says, “I think it's about time that the Constitutional rights are showing that they exist and that we're abiding by them.”
“The United States government should do more,” said Clint Voris. “By the same token, it's also the job of the United States government to secure their borders, not the individual states.”
The other provisions included allowing police to stop and arrest any person they suspected of being illegal, prohibiting illegal immigrants to seek work, and requiring immigrants to carry registration papers. All those provisions were overturned by the Supreme Court.
Lambert Dumask, a WWII veteran says he doesn’t understand why the other provisions were overturned. “I don't know what I fought for when we got boarders opened from that day on,” he said. “No one stopped it then so why didn't they help Arizona at that time?”
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a similar bill into law in 2011. The Indiana law says local police can arrest people who are subject to deportation by the federal government. An Indiana judge issued an injunction blocking the enforcement of the law. A judgment still needs to be made on the case. In the meantime, Atty. General Greg Zoeller’s office released a statement saying they’re analyzing the ruling on Arizona’s law to determine the impact in Indiana as well as a course of action.
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