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June 26, 2012

Frisked in Arizona

The strictest anti-illegal immigration law in the United States took a hit on Monday, in what is considered a partial win for the Obama administration.
Protests ainst SB1070
Dennis Ramos chants with fellow protesters during a rally in Miami, to protest against the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows non-federal police officers in Arizona to perform immigration checks, June 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Significant parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law #SB1070 were struck down by the Supreme Court on Monday. The Court's ruling says authorities cannot make an arrest based on the suspicion that an individual is undocumented. The state also cannot penalise immigrants who are not carrying paperwork indicating their status, or those applying for jobs while undocumented.

However Arizona police are still able to check the immigration status of anyone they detain, if the standard for "reasonable suspicion" is met. Previously, only federal authorities had the power to do this.

The Stream talked to the former governor of Minnesota and author of the new book, "DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans" Jesse Ventura.