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Controversial immigration law got its day in court today the Supreme Court correspondent Shannon -- looks -- a day of arguments.
Like heated debate over Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 -- first outside the Supreme Court.
And then inside as the justices tackled the question of whether or not Arizona overstepped its bounds when it passed the controversy -- measure.
Justice Antonin Scalia -- quote if in fact somebody who does not belong in this country is in Arizona Arizona has no power.
What does sovereignty mean if it does not include the ability to defend your borders.
Chief Justice John Roberts said the state -- simply establishes a framework for letting immigration officials know when an illegal immigrant is picked up an Arizona.
When solicitor general Donald -- rallied repeatedly disputed that interpretation of the law a seemingly exasperated Roberts replied quote.
It seems to -- that the federal government just doesn't want to know who is here illegally or knots.
The -- seemed to be fighting an uphill battle today at one point justice Sonia Sotomayor noted quote.
You can see it's not selling very well why don't you try to come up with something else.
But she and justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't voiced concerns that even those here legally could be caught up in the SP 1070 nets.
Justice Breyer present at the hypothetical case of a New Mexico man arrested while jogging in Arizona without sufficient ID quote.
Can you represent us he will not stay in jail in detention for significantly longer period of time that he would have stayed in the absence of section to be of the law.
Opponents of SB 1070 say they are encouraged -- It became clear through the course of today's argument -- that the justices are concerned.
I'm not -- system of mass incarceration.
That's going to catch US citizens and immigrants were lawfully in the United States though Arizona governor Jan Brewer is feeling optimistic.
I think that doubt we will six feet and I'm looking forward to June.
Justice Elena Kagan didn't take part in the case because she served -- solicitor general during that time the administration was preparing its case against Arizona.
Is this case and in -- -- the ninth circuit's decision striking down key provisions of the law we'll stay in a facts -- that general Graeme lot outside the court tonight.
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