An Arizona immigration law is before the US Supreme Court. It's a law written in part by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The focus of the debate is whether states have the authority to enforce immigration laws.
The discussion of the law has led to rallies across the country, including one right here in Wichita. The protesters rallied against the controversial Arizona law cracking down on undocumented immigrants.
Currently the law there gives police the authority to ask for immigration status if they have reasonable suspicion. If caught without documents, it's considered a crime that could lead to deportation.
The Supreme Court is hearing from all sides and Kobach, as expected, argued in favor of the law he authored.
Protest organizers said it's a dangerous thing to give power to the state instead of the federal government. They argue it leads to racial profiling and say it's also bad for business- particularly in Kansas where undocumented workers provide labor.
While the Supreme Court listened to arguments, it's not expected to issue its decision until June.
Similar laws in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah are on hold pending the high court's decision.