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Activists and lawmakers across the country are feeling confident that the Supreme Court will uphold Arizona’s controversial immigration law and they’re getting ready to get approval for similar measures across the country, reports the Associated Press. Although one activist says the goal is to “pass it in most states,” the AP makes it clear that’s highly unlikely. Still, lawmakers in around 12 states seem to have a real interest in a similar measure that give more power to the states to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Some won't have to wait very long. Five states have already passed similar measures and are waiting for the Court decision to enact them. And in fact, Alabama’s law would be even tougher than Arizona’s as it would require government officials to check citizenship status during a variety of transactions, such as school enrollment, and not just during traffic stops. That could set a precedent for state lawmakers considering a similar measure.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in June.