View Full Version : Phoenix Ban on Police Asking Immigration Status Ignores State Law, Supreme Court

07-22-2017, 04:03 PM
A new policy implemented by the Phoenix Police Department bans its officers from asking an individual about his or her immigration status, and from contacting federal immigration officials, without meeting new guidelines.

According to Judicial Watch, this policy is in clear violation of Arizona state law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012. In Arizona v. United States, the court affirmed two relevant clauses of Arizona immigration law:

“The first, requires law enforcement officers to determine a suspect’s immigration status if ‘reasonable suspicion’ exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally. This grants officers the discretion that has just been stripped in Phoenix.