Deal with op­po­nents of Ari­zona im­mi­gra­tion law ends law­suit

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

PHOENIX — A coali­tion of civil rights groups agreed to end its chal­lenge of Ari­zona’s land­mark 2010 im­mi­gra­tion law in a deal in which the state is­sued guide­lines on how po­lice of­fi­cers must en­force the law’s most con­tentious sec­tion.

The agree­ment un­veiled Thurs­day ends the last of seven chal­lenges to the law that was crit­i­cized for re­quir­ing of­fi­cers, while en­forc­ing other laws, to ques- tion the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus of peo­ple sus­pected of be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Courts barred en­force­ment of other sec­tions of the law, but the ques­tion­ing re­quire­ment was ul­ti­mately up­held by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The en­force­ment guide­lines in­clude a re­quire­ment that of­fi­cers doc­u­ment the rea­sons for their sus­pi­cion that a par­tic­u­lar per­son is in the coun­try il­le­gally.

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