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The Supreme Court is weighing the issue of criminalization of advocacy for undocumented immigrants.

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether a law that makes it a crime to encourage someone to come to or reside in the U.S. illegally is unconstitutional. The government appealed from a 9th Circuit decision which struck down the law, saying it was too broad and would chill free speech in violation of the First Amendment.

Arizona’s attempt to bypass normal US Immigration failed

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday left in place last year’s Ninth Circuit decision to strike down a 2006 Arizona law that denied bail to undocumented immigrants charged with “serious” felonies. Six members of the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Arizona Sherriff Joseph Arpaio to reinstate the Arizona law, overruling three of the more conservative members of the Court—Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito—who said they would have heard the case.

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