Supreme Court to Take on Arizona Immigration Law

Justices set for controversial year
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2011 10:13 AM CST
In this Monday, May 9, 2011 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer arrives for a news conference where she announced the state's decision to appeal parts of the immigration law to the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court has added another high-profile case to its slate: Justices will examine the Arizona immigration law that has sparked nationwide controversy, the AP reports. They'll rule on a US appeals court decision that barred portions of the law, including a measure requiring police investigating other matters to check a person's immigration status if they suspect he or she is an illegal immigrant.

The Obama administration has attacked the law and others like it, saying immigration is a federal issue. The case marks the third hot-button topic the justices have agreed to rule on next year, alongside health care reform and Texas electoral redistricting.

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