Christians around the country, we need to unite in prayer more than ever for these two rulings. There is much at stake, for millions of people, many of whom will have no other options for healthcare….and the SB1070 law would set a precedent in America for immigrants that would be against our values. Both of these rulings say something about the values of our country – consider us in a virtual prayer meeting…help us pray!
(CBS News) Monday is the beginning of the final three weeks of the Supreme Court’s 2012 term, a period when the court will be releasing decisions, generally on Mondays, on cases they’ve heard this year.
The two big cases awaiting decisions, which can be handed down between now and June 28, are the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan and the Arizona immigration case, both of which have received national attention. Below is a primer on those cases, along with one other involving broadcast indecency.
The Affordable Care Act
The president’s health care law, officially titled the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was argued before the Supreme Court over three days in March. Twenty-six states, individuals, the National Federation of Individual Businesses and others challenged the government on the law’s constitutionality. The upcoming decision will not be “anything less than historic,” Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog told Hotsheet.
Arizona immigration law
After Arizona passed immigration law SB 1070 in 2010, the Department of Justice challenged four of the law’s components: requiring undocumented immigrants register with the government and carry “alien registration documents” at all times or face criminal charges, requiring police to verify immigration status when they have reasonable suspicion to think someone is not a legal resident, enabling law enforcement to arrest someone without a warrant if they are likely subject to deportation and criminalizing working without proper documents.