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North Carolina waits for high court's ruling in immigration case

Earlier last month, we discussed the North Carolina General Assembly's hesitation to craft new immigration legislation until the Supreme Court heard and decided the highly important case now on its docket. That case involves a challenge to Senate Bill 1070, one state's attempt to impose stricter immigration policies within its borders.

In a new development, the Supreme Court appeared quite receptive during oral arguments to the provisions contained in the state's immigration law. Although the Court will likely not release its opinion until sometime next month, advocates for stronger immigration rules are already taking the Court's initial reaction as a signal to marshal their forces. Some organizations are planning to promote the introduction of similar versions of the state's law into legislatures around the country.

But states appear divided over whether they would adopt such measures. On the one hand, there are states that have already passed similarly tough legislation, but are waiting on the Supreme Court's decision to begin enforcement. On the other hand, there are states that have completely eschewed stringent immigration laws and accept immigrants without regard to their status. In the middle are a number of states whose elected officials cannot agree on new immigration laws. Upcoming state elections could swing the balance of power this fall, potentially precluding or easing the way for immigration legislation.

It remains unclear what measures North Carolina might pass in response to the Supreme Court's decision. Depending on the extent of approval the Court grants to the state's law, the General Assembly could have a wide berth to craft immigration rules. Immigrants should follow developments in the law carefully, because their rights could be affected.

Source: Associated Press, "Push for tough state immigration measures could spread if Supreme Court upholds Arizona law," David Crary, April 28, 2012.

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