Arizona Redistributes Video Training Cops How to Spot an 'Illegal'
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) takes questions from
members of the news media outside the West Wing at the White House after
meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama June 3, 2010 in Washington,
DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (2010 Getty Images)
PHOENIX (AP) — – Ahead of a
Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070,
Governor Jan Brewer ordered the redistribution of a training video to
all law enforcement agencies on how to look out for undocumented
The move came Tuesday ahead of an expected ruling from the U.S.
Supreme Court this month on the law, which was signed by Brewer in 2010.
Brewer said in a statement Tuesday that she wants to make sure officers are prepared if the court upholds the law.
Parts of the law blocked from taking effect include a provision
requiring police to question people's immigration status while enforcing
other laws if there's a reasonable suspicion they're in the country
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board's video
outlines factors that constitute reasonable suspicion that someone is in
the country illegally, including language, demeanor and foreign-vehicle
It also includes types of identification that should immediately end an officer's suspicions about immigration status.
The case was argued before the high court in April, and a ruling is
expected by the end of June. Based partly on skeptical questions posed
by justices during the hearing, legal experts expect that the court
likely will uphold Arizona's requirement that police check the
immigration status of people they stop for other reasons; that provision
was put on hold by a judge in July 2010 and hasn't yet been enforced.
Less controversial parts of the law were allowed to take effect.
A decision in favor of Arizona could clear the way for other states
to enforce immigration-check requirements and create an opening for
states to take a larger role in immigration enforcement after mostly
staying out of it for decades and letting the federal government handle
Five others states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah — have enacted similar laws.