Arizona's 'Show me your papers' provision brought into force

Date: Sep 20, 2012

A judge in Arizona has ruled that the 'show me your papers' provision of the state immigration policy can begin, effective immediately, which is a significant step in a two year battle between the state's governor Jan Brewer and the Obama government.

US District Judge Susan Bolton has given the green light for law enforcement officials to question people who they suspect are in the United States illegally. Other provisions of the state's immigration policy have been in effect for a number of years but the most contentious section regarding the questioning of suspected illegal aliens has been before the courts and only just been brought into effect.

The Obama administration has fought this part of the legislation saying that it will only lead to the extended detention of Latinas and unfair racial profiling.

An immigration lawyer can advise with an issue surrounding this.

The Supreme Court had previously allowed for the provision to come into effect and judge Bolton said that she couldn't avoid the directive that was put forward by the Supreme Court. This new legislation about showing papers will now be a test and will see if the law is challenged in a court by anyone who has been subjected to the papers provision.

Executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union Alessandra Soler told the LA Times that this will only serve as a basis of a court case.

"The next step for us is to document the abuses and provide the evidence the court has said we need to provide.

"We will do everything we can. We have a community hotline and community forums planned, and we are training people, trying to get the message out that people need to report abuses," Soler said.

The law was brought into effect because many voters were becoming frustrated because of illegal entries into the state. Other states in the US to suffer with similar problems include Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.

It comes as the Australian federal government and Department of Immigration introduce new legislation in order to more effectively monitor and prosecute employers who employ illegal workers who aren't entitled to work in Australia. The new laws, according to immigration minister Chris Bowen, will see a balance between harsh penalties for those who continue to flout the laws and fairness towards those who genuinely weren't aware of their employee's illegal status.