HB 497 was set to go into effect on May 11, 2010. This law would require state and local police the authority to verify the immigration status of a person arrested for a felony or a class A misdemeanor and a person booked for class B or C misdemeanors. It also requires that an officer attempt to verify immigration status for a person detained for a class B or C misdemeanor. However, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary stay on this bill until a full hearing can take place. The hearing will take place on July 14, 2011 to determine the constitutionality of this bill. Civil-rights groups are arguing that this bill is similar to Arizona’s immigration and is unconstitutional.
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