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“Show Me Your Papers” Upheld by Arizona Federal Judge, Echoing Georgia Ruling

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

By: Kelly Morrison

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 without documents.

An almost identical provision recently was approved by the Eleventh Circuit for use by Georgia law enforcement officers.

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