Arizona Amends Immigration Law To Prohibit Racial Profiling


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill modifying her state’s controversial new immigration law, saying it will “make it crystal clear and undeniable that racial profiling is illegal,” reports the Arizona Republic. The new law, scheduled to be effective July 29, amends the law signed last week that requires police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect to be in the country illegally.

The latest measure bars race from being considered when deciding whether to inquire about a person’s status, “except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution.” It also clarifies that law-enforcement officers shall inquire about the immigration status only of those they “stop, detain or arrest.” The earlier bill simply said “contact.” The change is designed to allay fears that officers would have to examine the papers of anyone they spoke to, including crime victims and witnesses.

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