The Supreme Court gave Arizona and President Obama a split decision today, striking down most parts of the State's SB 1070 Illegal Immigration law, but keeping the key “show me your papers” provision that allows law enforcement to ask for immigration documents.
But Officers can't single out just anyone. They have to have ‘’reasonable suspicion’’ of some kind of offense – and then they can inquire about immigration status. This of course leaves a large gray area for individual counties to determine how they’ll enforce the law.
The sheriff of Pima County, Arizona’s second most populous, explains how the ruling will affect his deputies – and how it won’t.
And does today’s ruling still leave room for potential racial and ethnic profiling?
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, sheriff of Pima County, Arizona
Jack Chin, professor of law, UC Davis School of Law; former professor, University of Arizona School of Law