Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Common thread present in immigration law challenges - CNN.com

Common thread present in immigration law challenges - CNN.com

Anti-illegal immigration measures have been passed in Arizona, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Alabama. Parts of those laws have been suspended in four of those states, pending resolutions to the lawsuits. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has vowed to file a lawsuit against the immigration law in that state, which is slated to go into effect in September. The ACLU has also said it will challenge the South Carolina law.

Some parts included in all four of the laws that have been challenged have been struck down in those states.

One measure that has met challenges at every turn has been the one allowing police to inquire about immigration status when questioning suspects. Opponents have said that this will lead to racial profiling, and federal judges have agreed.

Under the Georgia law, police are allowed to inquire about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations. A federal judge blocked that provision.

The Arizona law stipulated that police officers have the authority to check a person's immigration status if officers have a "reasonable suspicion" that the individual is in the country illegally. That, too, was blocked by a federal judge, and upheld by a three-judge panel at the appeals level.

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