An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is pleased that
the core of Arizona's high-profile immigration law has finally
Last week a judge ruled that police in
Arizona can immediately start enforcing the most contentious
section of the state's immigration law (SB 1070) that was signed by
Governor Jan Brewer in the spring of 2010. The ruling marks the
first time police can carry out the law's requirement that
officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration
status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. What
critics have called the "show me your papers clause" has been at
the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a U.S.
Supreme Court decision that upheld the requirement.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), applauds the ruling.
"I think it's indicative of
how well financed some of these organizations are that they were
able to get back into court and drag this out for still a few more
months," he says, "but finally the judge has said Enough is
enough; Arizona can go ahead and do this. It's an important
step in trying to control illegal immigration. It is a
And Mehlman says FAIR believes Arizona police will exercise this
"They are not going to simply ask about people's immigration
status at random," he assures. "They're going to do this in a
professional manner when they have reasonable suspicion that
somebody's in the country illegally. They are going to check the
way that SB 1070 requires them to."
Mehlman says SB 1070 is popular among voters not just in
Arizona, but elsewhere across the U.S.