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Judge upholds controversial Arizona immigration provision

Under the “show me your papers law,” Arizona police officers must verify the immigration status of individuals they stop or detain

Arizona’s immigration policy has made news all year, and today the issue is back in the headlines, as a federal judge ruled that the state can require police officers to verify the immigration status of people they stop or detain.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of the state’s Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070), but upheld the so-called “show me your papers” provision. The court reasoned that the provision was in line with federal laws, which require state and local law enforcement officials to verify immigration status if they reasonably suspect that someone they have stopped or detained is an illegal immigrant. Writing for the majority, however, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the court’s opinion “does not foreclose other preemption and constitutional challenges to the law as interpreted and applied after it goes into effect.”

Alanna Byrne

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