A federal judge has ruled that Arizona can enforce the so-called “show your papers” provision of the state’s immigration law. The controversial section of the law allows officers to check the immigration status of those who they suspect are in the country illegally.
The decision, per the Associated Press:
The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law’s requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.
The requirement has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June upholding the requirement.
Opponents of the provision have argued that the law enables racial profiling. While other portions of the law have been in effect since July 2010, the “governor’s office says the law is expected to go into effect shortly.”
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