WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Supreme Court has struck down much of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
While throwing out a number of key provisions, the high court left in place the provision that requires police to check the immigration status of suspects stopped for other violations.
We wanted to know what the local implications of the Supreme Court decision are.
Ante Tarokic just moved to America in December from the former Yugoslavia. He is married to one of the Port City’s only immigration law specialists, Helen Jugovic, who says she’s happy about the Supreme Court’s decision to cut out the majority of the Arizona immigration law.
“I think that most of the Arizona legislation has been hate legislation,” Jugovic said. “I think it’s also duplicative. We already have systems in place, so to have the Supreme Court make this decision, it’s definitely going to be changing lives.”
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, says he wishes the court would have upheld the other aspects of the law. But he says he’s happy they kept what he calls the most important provision: the one that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect may be here illegally.
Gheen says illegal immigrants drain our resources.
“We’ve got illegal immigrants voting in elections, taking up valuable hospital and classroom space, eating over $1 billion out of our state budget each year and depreciating wages for jobs that still exist while taking jobs from many Americans,” Gheen said.
Gheen hopes North Carolina can adopt an improved version of the Arizona law soon.
Tarokic and Jugovic hope the Supreme Court’s decision helps our state moderate laws that could be very discriminatory.
“The problem with the law is that it isn’t OK for them to be stopping people and asking for their papers only when they realize the person has a foreign accent or is from a different country, which is how they might be using the law unfairly,” Tarokic said.
Jugovic says she’s also excited about President Obama’s DREAM Act that would impact young immigrants with no criminal record.