Federal judge upholds controversial ‘papers, please’ law, allowing cops to check immigration status

arizona-demonstratorsA federal judge Friday upheld a controversial 2010 Arizona law, commonly known as “papers, please,” which allows law enforcement officers to check on the immigration status of individuals while enforcing unrelated laws.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the law’s challengers, who claim that the provision encourages law enforcement officers to target and discriminate against Latinos, according to Fox News.

The law’s opponents have “not produced any evidence that state law enforcement officials will enforce SB1070 differently for Latinos than a similarly situated person of another race or ethnicity,” Bolton wrote in her opinion.

At this time, it’s not known whether Bolton’s decision will be appealed, however, Karen Tumlin, the attorney representing the challengers said they will “evaluate all legal options moving forward.”

Fox News reported:

The judge did make one change to the law. She permanently barred a section of the law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when seeking or offering day labor services on the streets. An appeals court previously also held Arizona couldn’t force such provisions. Opponents argued that day labor rules unconstitutionally restrict the free speech rights of people who want to express their need for work.

Arizona’s frustrations over federal enforcement of the state’s border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Several such laws — including the state’s ban on immigrant smuggling and automatic denial of bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes — have since been thrown out by the courts.

Former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, who sponsored the initial legislation, was delighted with Bolton’s decision.

“She made it very clear the law was written very carefully not to be a race issue. It’s not a racial law,” Pearce said.

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