Arizona Immigration Law: Enforcement Blocked by Circuit Court

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April 12, 2011

BY ARIANE DE VOGUE, ABC News

A federal appeals court today blocked the enforcement of key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law, considered one of the toughest in the nation.

A central provision of the law requires police officers to ask for immigration papers if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person they have stopped, detained or arrested is in the country illegally.

The Department of Justice sued the State of Arizona, arguing that the power to regulate immigration rests with the federal government and that the Arizona law interferes with federal laws currently in effect.

Last July a District Court judge enjoined enforcement of the law, and today a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

Judge Richard Paez, writing for a split panel, said, “By imposing mandatory obligations on state and local officers, Arizona interferes with the federal government’s authority to implement its priorities and strategies in law enforcement, turning Arizona officers into state-directed [Homeland Security] agents.”

To read more, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/arizona-immigration-law-enforcement-blocked-circuit-court/story?id=13350124


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