The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Arizona v. United States, No. 11-182, the state’s attempt to revive its immigration law S.B. 1070. Justice Kagan has recused herself, presumably because of her role as Solicitor General prior to joining the Court.
The question presented in the cert petition asks “whether the federal immigration laws preclude Arizona’s efforts at cooperative law enforcement and impliedly preempt these four provisions of S.B. 1070 on their face.” Given the 12 amicus briefs that were filed at the cert stage and the substantial media attention that this case has already received, this promises to be a closely watched process. A date for oral argument has not been set. crImmigration.com will of course be following developments over the next several months.