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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the most controversial pieces of Arizona’s signature immigration law can now go into effect, thus clearing the way for the contentious legislation to finally kick in after a protracted legal battle of its implementation.
That measure, dubbed the “show me your papers” provision, allows law enforcement officers to demand identification that proves citizenship or immigration status while questioning suspects. Critics of the provision contend that it institutionalizes racial profiling, saying officers could stop someone for any reason, whether they truly suspect a crime or not, and that legal residents without proper identification on them could then be unjustly arrested.
The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton , ends a two-year legal battle over the law, known as SB 1070. Back in June, the Supreme Court struck down parts of the law, but allowed some of the more contentious aspect of it, including the papers provision, to stand. Opponents of the law then asked Bolton to block the provision, something she declined to do in her ruling.