Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Senator Schumer the New York Democrat who chairs the immigration subcommittee and who is running todays hearing just announced moments ago that if the Supreme Court.
Upholds Arizona's controversial immigration law.
He will introduce legislation designed to render it unconstitutional.
You're looking live at -- G fifty of the Dirksen senate office building where this hearing is being held as you noted on the eve of oral arguments -- the Supreme Court on SB 1070.
This two year old Arizona law among other things require state police.
To investigate a person's immigration status if the officers suspect that person to be in the US illegally.
And also requires all legal immigrants to carry their immigration documents on them.
At all times Arizona governor Jan Brewer the Republican who signed SB 1070 into law.
And who has tangled with the Obama administration over it explained to Fox News this morning.
Why she declined to be a witness -- this here senate Democrats contend the Arizona law is itself illegal because it -- what they say is explicitly a federal authority the defense of the nation's borders.
Immigration is not.
And never has been -- -- -- area where states are able to exercise independent.
This makes sense both legally is a matter of constitutional interpretation.
And practically as a matter of sound public policy.
Witnesses today include the author of the law former Arizona State Senate president Russell Pearce a Republican and the author of a measure to repeal it democratic state senator Steve -- art of the weak US economy has led to a decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico as well the Obama administration has deported an estimated 800000.
Filter by section