DHAKA: The US Supreme Court has upheld a key part of a tough Arizona immigration law that would give new powers to police to check the immigration status of people stopped and arrested.
However, three of four challenges brought by the Obama administration were upheld by the court, reports BBC.
The US government had argued the law infringed on federal rights to oversee immigration policy.
Five other states have adopted variations of the Arizona law.
A provision known as Section 2(B), that requires police to make a ‘reasonable attempt... to determine the immigration status’ of anyone who is stopped for another violation, was upheld by the Supreme Court.
The court ruled it was too early to tell whether the clause caused a conflict with federal laws.
BDST: 2050 HRS, JUN 25, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor