Judge: Police Can Question Citizenship

    TUCSON, AZ - MAY 29:  Javier Smith and his wife Guadalupe Salvador talk with police about problems the are having with Salvador's ex-husband May 29, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Police Department is currently gearing up to begin training its officers on the implementation of the controversial new immigration law SB1070. Although a Tucson police officer was one of the first to file suit in federal court challenging the new law, most rank and file officers tend to support the legislation while the Arizona Chiefs of Police have criticized it.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Guadalupe Salvador;Javier Smith

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    A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that police officers in Arizona can begin questioning the immigration status of people they stop while enforcing other laws. The Supreme Court upheld the controversial so-called “show-me-your-papers” law in June, holding that it didn’t interfere with federal statutes. Today’s decision allows police to begin enforcing the policy immediately. Opponents of the law—parts of which have been in effect since 2010—asked Judge Susan Bolton to block its implementation in July on the grounds that it would promote racial profiling. President Obama has criticized the law, but federal officials say they will help uphold the policy so far as it helps remove repeat violators who may threaten national security.

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