Arizona's 'show-me-your-papers' law rolls out a day after Supreme Court ruling
Police officers look on as protesters opposed to Arizona's Immigration law rally April 25 in Phoenix. There are concerns that enforcement of the law will strain already overtaxed police departments.
June 27th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Arizona's 'show-me-your-papers' law rolls out a day after Supreme Court ruling

By Michael Martinez and Mariano Castillo, CNN

(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding a piece of Arizona's controversial immigration law portends such a "huge" increase in policing for one department that the chief wondered Tuesday if his agency will be able to handle the workload.

At a time when the Tucson Police Department is down 160 officers because of a weakened economy, the agency now must make up to 50,000 additional phone calls a year to federal officials to verify the immigration status of persons whom officers have stopped and have reason to believe are in the country illegally, Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said Tuesday.

Other law agencies in Arizona, however, reported "business as usual" a day after the Supreme Court ruling.

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  1. Jorge

    My wife has been a U.S. citizen since the womb as her parents before her, yet she looks VERY hispanic and speaks English with a thick accent. Although I was born in New York and speak American English my first and last name betray my roots, as do those of my children. Oh well, I guess we'll never get to see the Grand Canyon, another flyover state out of our retirement vacation plans.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I live in Tucson AZ and let me tell ya the immigration laws here are FIERCE ! They dont play with it here,if you are even suspected to be illeagal, they WILL haul your but into county jail for questioning while they run your name and prints with homeland security...its getting a lil carried away i think

      September 20, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hamsta

    @ Tony that is I.D. duh.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    Their not going to ask for your i.d. Their going to ask about your ssn, birth certificate or anything that legally proves your a citizen......

    June 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    If I, as an American citizen have to show my I.D. to do the most basic things in everyday life so should an illega immigrant. I have to show my I.D. to go to work. I havr to show my I.D. to cash my paychecl. I have to show my I.D. to buy cigarettes or alcohol. I have to show my I.D. when I check out a library book. I have to show my I.D. when I get pulled over. SO MY QUESTION IS: HOW IS IT A VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS TO REQUEST AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TO SHOW I.D. AFTER BEING CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL?

    June 27, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |