Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Truth-stretching about Arizona immigration law

We checked a claim that a barking dog could prompt an arrest under the Arizona immigration law.
We checked a claim that a barking dog could prompt an arrest under the Arizona immigration law.

The Arizona immigration law has kept the Truth-O-Meter busy.

The law, portions of which were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, required that state law enforcement officers try to determine someone's immigration status when officers had reasonable suspicion the person was an illegal immigrant.

The law had been widely characterized as the toughest state immigration law in the country. President Barack Obama’s administration challenged it, saying immigration regulations were a federal matter.

In the past few years, we've ruled on many claims about the Arizona law, which is often described by its bill number, SB 1070 -- including one claim referring to a barking dog.

See PolitiFact's national compilation of such items here.