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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 8, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a blocked provision of Arizona’s 2010 immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 1070, causing more issues for Gov. Jan Brewer as she defends the controversial law.

The court refused to review the ruling that stopped police from arresting individuals who harbor people living in the United States illegally. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked police from enforcing the provision. Last year it was concluded that the prohibition was vague and trumped by federal law, which already makes it illegal to harbor individuals in the country unlawfully.

SB 1070 gained national notoriety in 2010 as the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history.  Opponents to the law described it as racist and overbearing.

The law allows for Arizona state law enforcement to determine an individual’s immigration status during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest”, or during a “lawful contact” not specific to any activity when there is reasonable suspicion.

Critics of the law feared individuals would be arrested for “looking Mexican.” While the Supreme Court has upheld one of the law’s most controversial provisions, the courts have made moves to block enforcement of other sections, such as the requirement that immigrants constantly carry registration papers and a prohibition on people who are in the country illegally from seeking work in public places.

The court declared the requirement of officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally, a provision that largely outshined the harboring ban.