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Arizona Immigration Law Survives Ruling

Published: Sep 7, 2012 7:00 am By: FERNANDA SANTOS

"A decision by a federal judge on Wednesday paved the way for the most controversial section of Arizona’s sweeping immigration legislation, requiring the authorities to verify the status of people who they suspect are in the country illegally, to finally take effect.In denying a request by a coalition of civil rights groups to bar the provision, commonly referred to as “show me your papers,”

Judge Susan Bolton of United States District Court in Phoenix adopted the same wait-and-see approach suggested by the Supreme Court in June, saying that the measure could be challenged “as interpreted and applied after it goes into effect.”

The decision, though, does not end the legal battles that have enmeshed the measure and other portions of the law for more than two years, challenging their validity and constitutionality all the way to the Supreme Court."

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