FULL TRANSCRIPT of US Supreme Court April 25 Arguments: ARIZONA v UNITED STATES

The opinions are flowing in about today's Supreme Court arguments in ARIZONA v UNITED STATES, which focuses on the constitutionality of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law. In addition, the official SCOTUS blog offers an analysis of the proceedings.

The full official transcript can be found and downloaded here from the official site of the Supreme Court. Audio will be released on Friday.

In addition, the SCOTUS blog provided an official afternoon roundup of the proceedings and the coverage surrounding the case (Kali Borkoski, Arizona v. United States SCOTUSblog Apr. 25, 2012, 4:29 PM):

This morning the Court heard oral argument in Arizona v. United States, which ran for an additional twenty minutes beyond the scheduled hour.   According to Tom’s first report, most of the argument was focused on Section 2(b) of S.B. 1070, which requires law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested when they have “reasonable suspicion” that that person is in the U.S. illegally.  In the news coverage of the argument, there was a general agreement that the Court seemed likely to uphold Section 2(B), although it was less clear how the Court might rule on the other provisions at issue.  Reporting and analysis on the argument are available from Lyle Denniston at this blog, Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times,  the Washington Post, the Associated Press (via the Seattle Times),ReutersMcClatchy,  CNNMSNBCFox News,  Huffington PostPolitico,  DC Dicta, and the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).  PolicyMic is hosting a debate on the constitutionality of S.B. 1070 featuring several guest contributors.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog and PolicyMic both hosted live blogs of the day’s events (with a “tape delay” for coverage of the argument itself).

Coverage of the scene outside the Court morning is available from USA Today (including a photo gallery) and the Los Angeles Times.

The ACLU has posted an infographic on what’s at stake in the case for states with “copycat” laws similar to Arizona’s (h/t @Dailywrit). Education Week’s School Law blog considers the potential implications of the decision for education in Arizona and Alabama.

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Apr 26

Charlottesville, VA

nTelos Wireless Pavilion – Charlottesville

Apr 26

Portsmouth, VA (Hampton Roads metro area)

nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Apr 28

Atlanta, GA


May 1

Miami Beach, FL (Miami metro area)

The Fillmore Miami Beach

May 1

Miami Beach, FL (Miami metro area)

Miami Beach Convention Center

May 5

Austin, TX

Stubb's BBQ

May 7

Austin, TX

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

Jul 12

La Rochelle, France

Grande Scene

Jul 14

Lyon, France





Stay Informed: Follow ARIZONA V. UNITED STATES on Official Supreme Court Links

We have no doubt that the mainstream media will begin to filter ARIZONA V. UNITED STATES the moment oral arguments are completed today at the US Supreme Court. We, however, will do our very best to look at the actual primary documents surrounding the case and listen to the full public audio arguments that will be made available by the Court.

The following link, ARIZONA V. UNITED STATES, will contain all the official documents and arguments that surround a case that we think will be a critical issue for the 2012 election year. In addition, the SCOTUS Blog for this case provide very factual accounts of proceedings.

You can also listen to full audio arguments here when they become available this week as well as read the transcripts of the arguments here.

As an interested American citizen, you don't need the mainstream media to learn about this case. Go straight to the source and make your own decisions about the case independently.



Complete Video of Senate’s Subcommittee Hearing About SB1070 Immigration Law

Here is a video of yesterday's entire Senate subcommittee hearing about Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law.

Former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce yesterday in Washington, DC. CREDIT: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Today, the US Supreme Court will be listening to oral arguments for and against the Arizona law.

Our favorite part of yesterday's hearing? Former Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini's appearance.

“I apologize for Arizona’s actions toward the Latino community," said the former Democratic senator.

Another notable quote comes from State Senator Steve Gallardo (D-Phoenix).

“I would submit to you that Senate Bill 1070’s true intention … is to make second-class citizens out of Latinos,” Gallardo said.

And of course, kudos to Russell Pearce (yes, former state senator Russell Pearce), who is the chief sponsor of SB 1070. At least he showed up to share his opinions, which, as you all know, we don't agree with. New York Senator Charles Schumer and Pearce had an interesting exchange, to say the least.

Here is a partial transcript:

SEN. SCHUMER: OK. I want to show you a blowup of the official training manual given to the Arizona police officers on SB 1070. Behind me here on the screen are the factors that training say police may consider in developing a reasonable suspicion that a person is an illegal immigrant and needs to be checked. I'm going to highlight a few. It says in the company of other unlawfully present aliens. It says the vehicle is overcrowded or rides heavily. It says dress. And then it says demeanor, for example, unusual or unexplained nervousness, erratic behavior, refusal to make eye contact.

The one that arouses my curiosity and bothers me is dress. What does an illegal immigrant dress like? Why is dress in those factors — listed in those factors?

MR. PEARCE: Mr. Chairman, that was put together by AZ POST, and I understand they worked in cooperation with ICE to develop the profile of those folks after making legitimate contacts.

SEN. SCHUMER: But explain to me, as the author, do you think dress is an appropriate –

MR. PEARCE: Mr. Chairman, this is not — this is from AZ POST. This is training material for AZ POST, not a part of the bill.

SEN. SCHUMER: Yes, from the Arizona police.

MR. PEARCE: Right, not a part of the bill.

SEN. SCHUMER: I understand. Well, do you think dress is an inappropriate measure? Is there a reason to stop somebody because of their dress?

MR. PEARCE: I think when you have a problem –

SEN. SCHUMER: And then, I would ask you if it's not inappropriate, what does an illegal immigrant dress like?

MR. PEARCE: Mr. Chairman, almost all — when you train a police officer — I've been in this business for a long time, in law enforcement and public safety — it's a compilation of issues that tend to raise the level of suspicion to the level of probable cause, not any one isolated incident. This is just a list of things that lead you to ask questions. I know questions are dangerous things. People might not actually give you an answer. So –

SEN. SCHUMER: Sometimes questions are a dangerous thing because they lead to profiling.


SEN. SCHUMER: And it seems to me when the word dress is used — I mean, just give me a — do you — in your experience, you've lived in Arizona your whole life, I believe?

MR. PEARCE: Yes, sir.

SEN. SCHUMER: Do illegal immigrants dress any differently than legal immigrants or American citizens?

MR. PEARCE: Mr. Chairman; I don't want to be confrontational, Mr. Chairman.

SEN. SCHUMER: No, I know.

MR. PEARCE: But I want to tell you this is a list of things to look for and they're trained by ICE. This was ICE training in terms of a compilation. But it's like anything –

SEN. SCHUMER: ICE didn't –

MR. PEARCE: No one issue does — if I'm looking into a bank robbery or a Circle K robbery and I've got a description kicked out by radio of a white male, average height, white t-shirt, dark pants running down the street; I'm responding to that crime and a I see a white male, white t-shirt, dark pants that turn out to be jogging pants. I stop him and I have a pretty good reason to ask him a few questions.

When I get to the Circle K and I find out he's not the guy, he gets released. You have to respond to reasonable suspicion to do your job, Mr. Chairman.

SEN. SCHUMER: My argument –

MR. PEARCE: And this is just a list of things to look for.

SEN. SCHUMER: Right. First, I don't believe ICE sanctioned the use of the word dress. We'll check that out.

MR. PEARCE: I'm just told that that's what they worked with in cooperation with developing of that criteria, Mr. Chairman.

SEN. SCHUMER: OK Right. So let me ask you this question. Instead of going through these criteria and other criteria, why didn't you just say — and again, the criteria are not yours, the Arizona police, as you say. That's what we say up there — mandatory check.

But why didn't you just say that everyone who is stopped by police has to be checked for legal immigration status? Why do you require the police to form opinions about whether a person is an illegal immigrant first before requiring police to ask that person for proof of legal status? Doesn't the way you wrote the law either require or certainly invade towards racial profiling?

MR. PEARCE: Just the opposite, Mr. Chairman. Again, under federal law — you know, under the U.S. Constitution and the Arizona constitution you know, we have the Equal Protection Clause. I knew those kinds of issues would be raised by those open border folks that are against any enforcement.

We've been sued on everything we've done, from voting fraud to stop voting fraud, welfare fraud, to going after illegal (person who compete ?) illegally, immorally, and have a competitive advantage over the honest employer. Doesn't it seem like no matter what we do, Mr. Chairman, we're attacked for simply enforcing the law and trying to protect American citizens and jobs for Americans. So you knew those questions would be asked, you knew you'd — they'd come after you. We simply wrote the bill to preempt those kinds of silly arguments and try to protect — try to protect everybody's rights. As a civil libertarian, I'm a believer that everybody — you have to have a reason to do stuff. I don't want a police state. I want a reason to do something. That's why those — that's why that bill was written in the manner it was written.

SEN. SCHUMER: So let me ask you again. If you want — why wouldn't it have done just what you say, rule of law, not discriminate — why wouldn't it have been better to say that everyone stopped by the police should be checked for their status? Why come up with obviously a really problematic definition of suspicion? And you've seen in the regulations that it is problematic.

MR. PEARCE: Well, Mr. Chairman, I don't agree that it is problematic. In Arizona, first of all, we made the proper exceptions. If you have an Arizona's driver's license or a driver's license from a state that requires proof of citizenship or legal residence, you're automatically exempt from that. That is — that is — (inaudible) — at that point, reasonably, that you're legal. All we wanted to do in this bill is common sense.


Complete Video of the President’s Appearance With Jimmy Fallon

The President Obama "Rainbow Tour" continued last night as he made a very extended appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Here are segments of the entire appearance, including a special shout out to Comedy Central's "Key and Peele."

SCREEN GRAB: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/

The show started with a little "Slow Jam'" of the news.

Then President Obama sat down with Fallon for a very long time. Here are all the embeds (sorry about the ads—blame NBC, not us).

In this segment, before he takes Twitter questions, the President addressed the Secret Service scandal and called the agents who were caught soliciting prostitutes in Colombia "knuckleheads."

The Twitter segment continued.

The interview started with Fallon asking the President about life in the White House and one of his embarrassing moments.

For those who have never seen "Luther" on Comedy Central, here is a clip.

Now back to the Fallon show.

The segment, which was taped at the University of North Carolina, also discussed higher education and student loans.