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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Show me your papers" is Not Dead Yet

Yesterday the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco (traditionally a rather liberal court) ruled that Arizona's "Show me your papers" law can be implemented, even though it is currently under appeal. Reuters reminds us that:
The provision requires police to verify the citizenship or immigration status of people arrested, stopped or detained if there is a reasonable suspicion that they are in the country unlawfully.
It went into effect on September 18 after a U.S. district judge lifted an injunction blocking it.
Parts of the Arizona law have been struck down by the US Supreme Court, but not all of it, including, at least for the time being, the provision that in Arizona you may have to prove that you belong there. This is not good news, I'm thinking, for the farmers whose crops are withering on the vine, as I mentioned yesterday.

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