Jan Brewer, Paul Clement
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 25, 2012 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters after the Supreme Court questioned Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, Brewer's office said the most contentious section of Arizona's immigration law is expected to go into effect shortly. A spokesman says Brewer is pleased with a federal judge's decision on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 to allow enforcement of the law. It enables officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The National Immigration Law Center says it's considering "legal options" after the ruling. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 7:59 am
Opponents have asked a federal judge to delay Arizona authorities from enforcing the most contentious section of the state's heavily debated immigration law.
A Sept. 5 ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton cleared the way for police to carry out the requirement that officers question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally while enforcing other laws.
The provision is expected to go into effect soon, once Bolton finalizes her order.
But a coalition of civil rights, religious and business groups on Thursday filed an eight-page emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal.
Critics have assailed the "show me your papers" provision, saying it paves the way for ethnic discrimination and racial profiling, providing officers a justification for stopping people based on how they look.
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Friday, September 14, 2012 7:59 am.