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Both sides claim victory for Ga. in immigration ruling
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ATLANTA — Opponents of Georgia’s immigration law are hopeful that Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court tossing out key provisions of Arizona’s law means they can eventually win their legal challenge.

But supporters and Gov. Nathan Deal are also claiming victory, saying the justices affirmed states’ rights to assist in enforcing federal i law.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a provision Monday that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect is not in the country legally. Those pushing for tougher immigration laws in Georgia hope the high court’s support for that measure will free up a similar statute in the Georgia’s law that was put on hold by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court in Atlanta.

But immigration advocates say the other side is misreading the court’s ruling. In the majority opinion, the justices left the policy open to further legal challenge under racial profiling and civil rights statutes.

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