In a recent blog post, immigration studies scholar Tony Payan explains how the June 25 Supreme Court ruling on Arizona"s immigration law is a "balanced response" that addresses the concerns of both the federal and state government.

While the high court reaffirmed that states do not have sovereignty to enforce illegal immigration laws, it also upheld parts of the Arizona law such as the "show me your papers provision," which gives state and local law enforcement agencies the right to ask for immigration documentation from someone who is stopped for any other violation. Ultimately, Payan notes, the ruling encourages the U.S. Congress to act on creating a more effective federal immigration policy.