Judge OKs Arizona’s show-me-your-papers law

September 6, 2012


PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state’s immigration law, which critics have dubbed the “show me your papers” provision.

The ruling 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 then asked Bolton to block the requirement, arguing that it would lead to systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions of Latinos if enforced.

Lawyers for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer urged the judge to let the requirement go into effect, saying the law’s opponents were merely speculating in their racial profiling claims, that police have received training to avoid discriminatory practices and that officers must have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is in the country illegally to trigger the requirement.

Less controversial sections of the law have been in effect since late July 2010, but rarely been used.

Arizona’s law was passed in 2010 amid voter frustration with the state’s role as the busiest illegal entry point into the country. Five states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah — have adopted variations on Arizona’s law.

Brewer’s office says the law is expected to go into effect shortly.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Norma Nicholson says:

    Asking for papers is no different that asking for a drivers license or insurance and registration for proof of ID. The office is checking for any kind of criminal activity associated with the individual. I can see asking for kids under 10 years old as pushing the envelope unless others in the vehicle prove to be in the country illegally (criminally).

    All they are doing is enforcing the laws of the land and the if feds are going to break the law by refusing to enforce what they are suppose to enforce, then it falls on the state and local law enforcement to secure the borders and enforce ICE laws.

    ALL federal law enforcement officials of any kind should be subject to imprisonment for refusing to enforce the law and do their shown duty, If they were sent to jail and put in the general population, we might start seeing them do their jobs or someone who will do the job be put into their position. There are certainly enough under/unemployed people who would love the chance to get their jobs and enforce the laws of the land.

    Latinos are not happy with the slack treatment of the illegals and how they are given special treatment while they had to go through the legal process to get their citizenship. I hear them grouse about it regularly and yet the Dimocraps keep ignoring the majority of citizens who want justice done and for the ICE laws to be enforced.

    It is time to get rid of the bleeding liberal atheist Marxist and put God fearing people into the government who will undo the debauchery Obummer and his likes have done and make this a responsible country once again.

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