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David Harris' Work on Police and Immigration Used in U.S. Supreme Court Amici Brief

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April 1, 2012

Professor David Harris' work on police and immigration law enforcement has been picked up and quoted in the U.S. Supreme Court's next blockbuster case.  On April 25, 2012, the Court will hear argument in Arizona v. U.S., a case testing the constitutionality of Arizona's S.B. 1070.  That controversial law obligates local police to enforce immigration law and forces people to produce proof of citizenship when asked.  More than forty former state attorneys general, from Arizona and many other states, have filed an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief in the case, and it cites to and discusses Professor Harris 2006 article, The War on Terror, Local Police, and Immigration Enforcement: A Curious Tale of Police Power in Post-9/11 America, in volume 38 of the Rutgers Law Journal.  The Arizona law, which set off a legal firestorm, has now been copied in other states, such as Alabama and Georgia, and similar bills have been introduced in Pennsylvania and many other states.


Read the Supreme Court brief here.


See an abstact to Professor Harris' Rutgers Law Journal article here.  

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