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S.B. 1070 Lawsuits

A number of lawsuits were filed after the passage of Arizona's controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070. Most of the arguments focus on whether immigration enforcement is solely the job of the federal government and courts, or whether state law enforcement has jurisdiction in limited circumstances. Additional challenges claim the law is discriminatory in nature and can lead to racial profiling.

S.B. 1070 at a Glance 

In 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law what was at the time the toughest state immigration bill in the country. The law, much of which was struck down in 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court, requires immigrants to carry proof of their legal residence. The surviving provision, which remains controversial, requires anyone stopped by police to prove their legal residency status if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that they are here illegally. Lack of proper identification is charged as a misdemeanor.

Questions regarding what constitutes "reasonable suspicion" brought up questions about profiling. But since this was upheld by the Court, other states have passed similar and in some cases tougher laws.  

Below you will find links to a number of lawsuits challenging the validity of S.B. 1070. See State Immigration Laws for additional information. 

Legal Challenges to S.B. 1070 

Follow the links for summaries of the lawsuits and full text of the legal complaints. 

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