Arizona police stand by in April as protesters of immigration bill SB 1070 sit on the state Capitol lawn.
Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070, is due to kick in July 29, at which point local law-enforcement officials will begin exploring what the term “reasonable suspicion” means to them. But not if the federal government can help it. —KA
Lawyers for the US government are due to ask an Arizona judge to halt a state law targeting illegal immigrants.
The justice department says immigration is a federal issue, and the state has exceeded its powers in framing the law, to be implemented later this month.
The rules require police to query a suspected criminal’s immigration status if the officers believe the suspect might be in the US illegally.