'Show me your papers' upheld by Ga. court

Federal appeals court allows Ga. to enforce key part of immigration law


By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA, Ga. — A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Monday that Georgia could soon start enforcing a key part of its sweeping immigration law, empowering state and local police to investigate the immigration status of suspects and take illegal immigrants to jail.

But the three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said it recognizes arguments from critics that this statute "invites a host of other problems, namely racial profiling," and that such racial profiling could spur lawsuits.

Federal court rules say Georgia could begin enforcing the measure — nicknamed the "show-me-your-papers law" — within a matter of weeks if neither side in the case asks for a rehearing by the full appeals court.

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