Tuesday, April 24, 2012
At 10 a.m....Wednesday, in the final scheduled hearing of the Supreme Court’s current Term, the Justices move to sort out the sometimes conflicting roles of national and state governments in controlling the lives of non-citizens living illegally in the U.S. In Arizona v. United States (docket 11-182), the state’s tough new immigrant control law will be defended by Paul D. Clement of the Washington law firm of Bancroft PLLC. Responding, and defending lower court orders that blocked four key parts of the state law, will be U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. The case will be decided by eight members of the Court, since Justice Elena Kagan is recused.
After Wednesday's oral argument before the Supreme Court, we plan to have a more in-depth post dealing with both sides of Arizona's now infamous S.B. 1070 law, a.k.a. the "Papers Please" law that requires state police officers to police immigration. For now we can all place our bets about whether the good old Solicitor General is going to botch this one up like he did with Obamacare.