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Judge says Arizona can enforce most contentious part of immigration law
Protesters gathered at the Arizona state capitol to demonstrate against the controversial immigration law on July 29, 2010.
September 18th, 2012
11:56 PM ET

Judge says Arizona can enforce most contentious part of immigration law

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

(CNN) - A federal judge has allowed Arizona to enforce the most controversial part of its politically charged immigration law, the so-called "show me your papers" provision.

In an order on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton upheld the section allowing authorities, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people who may be in the United States illegally.

The Supreme Court in June tossed out most other aspects of the tough new law, but said the part known by critics as the "show me your papers" provision could go into effect, at least for now.

The hot-button immigration issue is a major attack line in this year's presidential campaign with Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, accusing President Barack Obama of failing to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with illegal immigration.

Arizona is the nation's most heavily traveled corridor for illegal immigration and smuggling. The Justice Department said Arizona's population of two million Latinos includes an estimated 400,000 there illegally, and 60% to 70% of deportations or "removals" involve Mexican nationals.

The Pew Hispanic Center recently issued a report that found that Mexican immigration to the United States has come to a standstill. However, the debate continues as more than 10 million unauthorized immigrants - from Mexico and other countries - continue to live in the United States.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Bill lee

    Ooh- Rah! To that

    September 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jones99

    This law will amount to nothing, watch. All you bone heads are so worried about nothing. paranoid pinkies.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. bouree

    This law might help in dealing with the problem of illegal immigrants. But we all know that a white person with blond hair and blue eyes will not be asked. A shameful blot on America's history of race relations!

    September 19, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*Gi Jon

    Hooray for Arizona round them up and ship them out

    September 19, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |