In a late ruling today, an Arizona federal judge approved the state’s “Show Me Your Papers” law whereby police can check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally and while the police are enforcing other laws.
Arizona’s immigration law known as SB1070 is considered one of the toughest in the country and has been under legal scrutiny since it passed in 2010. The two-year legal battle reached the Supreme Court where the court held “Show Me Your Papers” or Section 2(b) of SB 1070 could be enforced. Opponents filed lawsuits to block the law believing it would lead to racial profiling of Latinos.
The ruling by U.S. Judge Susan Bolton was based in great part on the blessing it received from the Supreme Court. Judge Bolton noted to AP that she could not ignore the “clear direction from the Supreme Court.”
The President and his administration have fought since the laws inception to have it nulled and have SB1070 labeled an overreach of Arizona believing issues of immigration are the preview of the federal government only.
Section 2(b) requires law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of anyone they stop for another reason when there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person is undocumented. Governor Jan Brewer has vowed to start enforcing “Show Me Your Papers” immediately.