The Supreme Court's decision on Monday about Arizona's immigration law accepted a highly debated piece, tossing out other provisions that they said would interfere with the government's role in creating immigration policy.
The court upheld the critic-named "show me your papers" provision, which requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they suspect they might be in the country illegally, The New York Times said.
The court rejected other provisions that would create criminal penalties for seeking work among other actions, The New York Times said, as well as provisions that would get in the way of the national government setting a common immigration policy.
President Obama showed concern that the court allowed one of the most controversial provisions to pass, but showed praise that others were denied, The Los Angeles Times said.
Mitt Romney, Obama's Republican competitor in the upcoming presidential election, expressed distaste at the rejection of provisions that would allow states to create their own immigration laws.
"Each state has the duty -- and the right -- to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities," he said in a written statement Monday.
Between Romney and Obama, Romney is in the tougher position because of his previously stated strong stance against illegal immigration, The Los Angeles Times said.