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Kamala Harris 'pleased' with Supreme Court immigration decision

June 25, 2012 | 10:16 am


California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Monday praised the  U.S. Supreme Court for striking down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law.

The court rejected  parts that made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to ask for jobs or fail to carry immigration papers; the state can go ahead with having police officers check the immigration status of people during lawful traffic stops.

“I am pleased with the court’s decision, which strikes down some of the most egregious components of Arizona’s misguided law," Harris said in a statement. "It also signals potentially significant constitutional concerns with the law’s mandate on local police officers to act as enforcers of immigration law."

Harris said public safety requires trust and cooperation between law enforcement and the public it serves.

"I believe today’s decision is an important step forward in setting aside policies that divide law enforcement from the communities we serve," Harris said.


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Photo:  California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, pictured at a February news conference, supports the Supreme Court decision on immigration. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times