Supreme Court Nominations
Supreme Court Waits—and Waits—for Kagan’s Immigration Brief
Posted May 4, 2010 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
So far, Solicitor General Elena Kagan has managed to avoid most controversial issues that come before the U.S. Supreme Court.
That will likely change when the potential Supreme Court nominee files a long-awaited brief providing the administration’s views of a controversial Arizona immigration law, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The law before the Supreme Court is not the recently enacted bill that allows police to question and arrest suspected undocumented aliens, the story says. Instead, it’s a law that punishes employers who knowingly hire those who are here illegally.
The Supreme Court asked for Kagan’s views in November, the Los Angeles Times says. “Months have passed, and no word has come from her office,” the story says.
If Kagan argues the law conflicts with federal responsibility for immigration, she will anger conservatives who support the measure. If she says the law should stand, she will likely anger Latinos, civil libertarians and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The story says the timing “could not be more awkward.”