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Judge Allows Racial Profiling to Begin in Arizona, Advocates Continue Fight Against SB 1070

by Mahwish Khan on 09/18/2012 at 6:12pm

It’s an ugly day for justice in Arizona:

A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state’s immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called “show me your papers” provision.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is the latest milestone in a two-year legal battle over the requirement. It culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that upheld the provision on the grounds that it doesn’t conflict with federal law.

Simply put, this means racial proofing will begin in Arizona. There’s no other way to describe the impact of that “show me your papers” provision.

But, the legal fight continues, according to the same article:

A coalition of civil rights groups is awaiting a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on their latest effort to prevent the questioning requirement from taking effect.

“Our next step is seeing what happens with that,” said Linton Joaquin, a lawyer for National Immigration Law Center, one of the groups in the coalition.

The Judge also left the door open for challenges if claims of racial profiling can be proven.

I have a strong feeling this is not the last of it.

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