Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said that police agencies can immediately begin enforcing the controversial “show me your papers” provision of the state’s landmark immigration law — the section that was upheld by the U.S Supreme Court.
“We will move forward instructing law enforcement to begin practicing what the United States Supreme Court has upheld,” Brewer said at a news conference Monday.
Justices struck down three key provisions of the Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigrants — including a requirement that made it a crime for certain immigrants to fail to carry registration papers — saying that the federal government has the sole power to enforce laws against illegal immigration.
But the court let stand a section that requires police to check the immigration status of any person who has already been stopped for another law enforcement reason, such as a traffic violation. These status checks should not “result in prolonged detention,” Kennedy said.