Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A hot line set up by civil rights advocates has been fielding calls from people in Arizona who want to know their rights if they are questioned about their immigration status.
A judge yesterday ruled that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious provision of Arizona's immigration law -- the so-called "show me your papers" provision. It requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those who are suspected of being in the country illegally.
Rallies are planned around Phoenix to protest the law. Civil rights activists contend it will lead to systematic racial profiling.
One Mexican woman who is in the country illegally says she's been telling other immigrants that they should offer only their name and date of birth -- and carry no documents that show where they were born.
Advocates are asking people who are affected by the provision to keep a record of abuses. They're also urging police departments not to enforce the provision as a way to gain cooperation from immigrants in reporting crimes.