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Ariz. Police Begin Enforcing Immigration Law

September 19, 2012  | 

A U.S. District Court judge has lifted an injunction against the section of Arizona's immigration law that requires police officers to check the legal status of people under certain conditions during investigations or traffic stops.

On Tuesday, Judge Susan Bolton ordered that the injunction be dissolved against Section 2B of Senate Bill 1070, reports the Arizona Republic.

Activists have referred to the section as the "show me your papers" section of the law, but officers with the Phoenix Police Department have always asked for identification from subjects stopped during the course of police work, Officer Ken Crane told POLICE Magazine.

"These activist groups want to get out there and say it's like Nazi Germany," said Crane, the vice president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. "We don't stop people based on skin color. It's about the rule of law. Either youre obeying the law or you're not obeying the law."

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision upholding much of the law, the department provided its officers with training for enforcing its provisions. And now for any arrest, Phoenix officers must make a reasonable attempt to contact federal immigration authorities for a status check.

By Paul Clinton


Immigration Checks

Tags: Arizona Immigration Law of 2010, Phoenix PD, Illegal Immigration

Comments (5)

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Bob@Az. @ 9/19/2012 2:02 PM

Hooray hooray!! Finally our LEOs can start protecting our borders, seeing as the DOJ ( Dummies Or Jerks) can't or won't enforce Federal Law. Hurry November!! Blues, stay safe.

Frank @ 9/20/2012 7:59 PM

Finally! Thank You Judge Bolton you deserve a standing ovation. I was beginning to think our Justice System was not looking out for the Law Enforcement community and the honest people in the USA.

Oldcop @ 9/21/2012 8:53 AM

I just wish politicians would address this in a reasonable manner. The easiest way to enforce this is to fine businesses for hiring the illegals then the ones that are here legally don't feel like they have a target on there back. If the illegals could not get jobs then only a few criminals would be coming to this country and as law enforcement we know how to deal with that. Somebody please target the real problem and that is companies encouraging them to come here and work so they get cheap labor. Large fines to business that hire illegals would end 90% of the problem and we could deal with the rest.

Tom Ret @ 9/21/2012 12:40 PM

Oldcop-yes, targeting the employers would handle most of it but it would the nice to have the tools to help identify those here illegally who are involved in the drug and illegal activities trade.

michael @ 9/21/2012 3:01 PM

Good job Judge Bolton, we get so sick of hearing the bad news all the time, its nice to hear that we win some cases too.

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