Legal Assistant Reacts to Supreme Court's Landmark Decision
By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A landmark decision by the Supreme Court on Arizona's controversial Immigration Law. The justices struck down some of its key provisions but supporters were left with one victory. They upheld the most controversial part of the law.

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court upheld one part of the Arizona Immigration Law, which allows police officers stopping someone to verify their immigration status.  As that rule was upheld, the court also threw out several others. It's now no longer a crime for illegal immigrants to look for work in Arizona.

Also, state and local officers can no longer arrest someone without a warrant even if they believe they have probable cause and it's no longer a state requirement for immigrants to register with the federal government.

Legal Assistant Kathryn Midkiff believes she knows why these laws were shut down on Monday.

"Those three sections of the Arizona law conflicted with the federal law, that's why they were struck down," Midkiff said.

Arizona has been a blueprint for many states regarding what should be the next step they should take regarding immigration laws. Midkiff says what happened Monday will set a standard for others states.

"I think it's going to affect Texas and other states that were looking into a similar law in that now it's going to give them guidance on what's going to be tolerated by the federal government," Midkiff said.

Corporal Sherrie Carruth with Odessa Police believes the ruling of the Supreme Court has little to do with the other 49 states.

"That immigration law doesn't have anything to do with any of the other states. It was passed in Arizona so that doesn't apply to Texas because we weren't the state that proposed it or our legislators weren't the ones that sent it to the pass, it was only through the state of Arizona," Carruth said.

If in the near future Texas chooses to adopt any immigration laws, Midkiff says they'll be more careful on how they word it.