Early reports coming from the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law indicate that even the court’s more liberal justices appeared skeptical of the argument that the state of Arizona should not be allowed to question the immigration status of people detained by law enforcement. The Associated Press reported that early on, the eight justices hearing the case “strongly suggested that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.” “Liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere,” the AP stated.

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