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Immigration Ruling Cites Georgia’s Role

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File photo of an anti-immigrant protester. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an anti-immigrant protester. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) –  Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens say they see Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law as recognizing that states have an important role in enforcing federal immigration law.

Georgia was one of 16 states that filed a brief in the Arizona case. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a provision that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect is not in the country legally.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Monday’s ruling would affect Georgia’s immigration law, which is before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representatives for Olens and Deal said they wouldn’t be available for interviews.

Monday’s ruling also struck down key provisions of Arizona’s law, including one allowing authorities to arrest people on minor immigration charges.

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