The Supreme Court said today it would decide whether Arizona’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants can take effect, Reuters reports. The case arises from the fierce national debate on immigration policy ahead of next year’s presidential election. The Justices will review a ruling that put on hold the key parts of the law signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010. The case has been closely watched because several other states have adopted similar laws.
The law requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they detain and suspect of being in the nation illegally. Other provisions require immigrants to carry their papers at all times and ban people without proper documents from soliciting for work in public places. The justices are likely to hear arguments in the case in April, with a ruling due by July. It could produce another contentious election-year ruling for the court, which also will decide President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law.