On Tuesday a federal judge in Atlanta cleared the way for a section of Georgia’s anti-immigration law that had been previously blocked to enter into effect.
AP Reports: “A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit in August ruled that a part of the law that authorizes law enforcement to verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification should be allowed to go into effect. Thrash’s order, which showed up in an online filing system Tuesday, seems to indicate that law enforcement agencies can immediately begin enforcing that section of the law, said lawyers in the case.”
“We’re going to be monitoring the implementation of the show-me-your-papers provision in Georgia very carefully,” Karen Tumlin, a lawyer with the National Immigration Law Center, told the AP. She said the next step is to gather evidence on how the law is interpreted and enforced to use in seeking a permanent injunction of that section.
In June 2012 the Supreme Court also upheld Arizona’s SB 1070 “show me your papers” provision.