Ariz. gov. orders reissue of immigration training video
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she wants to make sure officers are prepared if Supreme Court upholds law
By Associated Press
PHOENIX — Arizona’s governor on Tuesday ordered a state board to redistribute a training video on the state’s controversial immigration law to all law enforcement agencies.
The move comes ahead of an expected ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court this month on the law, which was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010.
Brewer said in a statement Tuesday that she wants to make sure officers are prepared if the court upholds the law.
Parts of the law blocked from taking effect include a provision requiring police to question people’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board’s video outlines factors that constitute reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country illegally, including language, demeanor and foreign-vehicle registration.
It also includes types of identification that should immediately end an officer’s suspicions about immigration status.
The case was argued before the high court in April, and a ruling is expected by the end of June. Based partly on skeptical questions posed by justices during the hearing, legal experts expect that the court likely will uphold Arizona’s requirement that police check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons; that provision was put on hold by a judge in July 2010 and hasn’t yet been enforced. Less controversial parts of the law were allowed to take effect.
A decision in favor of Arizona could clear the way for other states to enforce immigration-check requirements and create an opening for states to take a larger role in immigration enforcement after mostly staying out of it for decades and letting the federal government handle it alone.
Five others states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah — have enacted similar laws.
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