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by Greg Siskind

Quick Take on the Arizona Case

It looks like a mixed bag based on my fast review of the transcript. Based on the questions and interactions, the provisions regarding the police stop provisions look like they stand a better chance than the registration and employment provisions. In essence, those provisions where Arizona police are bringing individuals to the attention of ICE seemed to concern the Justices less than those allowing Arizona to create their own immigration crimes. I'll bet that two provisions survive and two are struck. Could be a 4-4, but even some of the liberal Justices seemed skeptical on the police stop provisions. Of course, the big concern with those provisions are the possibilities for racial profiling and other civil rights abuses and litigation on those grounds are likely. But they would need to wait until the law took force.

About The Author

Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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