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Arizona Immigration Law Amended

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This story from the ABC affiliate in Phoenix reports on some amendments to the controversial Arizona immigration law:

One change to the bill strengthens restrictions against using race or ethnicity as the basis for questioning and inserts those same restrictions in other parts of the law.

Changes to the bill language will actually remove the word "solely" from the sentence, "The attorney general or county attorney shall not investigate complaints that are based solely on race, color or national origin."

Another change replaces the phrase "lawful contact" with "lawful stop, detention or arrest" to apparently clarify that officers don't need to question a victim or witness about their legal status.

Regardless of where one stands on the law itself (and CJLF hasn't taken a position), these appear to be salutary changes. The "lawful contact" language particularly bugged me. Simply talking to a person on the sidewalk with no basis for suspicion whatever is a "lawful contact," but I suspected that was not what they meant. They meant Terry stops, traffic stops, and arrests. I haven't been able to find the actual amendment yet, but it appears from the story that they did fix this particular problem.

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